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A Translation of Glanville [or, A Treatise on the Laws and Customs of the Kingdom of England]

Ranulf De Glanville (John Beames, Trans.)

Published by Printed By Valpy for W. Reed, London, 1812
Condition: Ex-Library - Fair Hardcover
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Binding copy. Both 3/4 leather boards are detached and are shaky but are held on by library reinforcing tape, lacks spine, minor underlining in contemporary and modern hand. Bound in later covers. Library stamp and blindstamp to title-page. Library pocket on inner cover. Both edge-worn covers have rubbing, dryness and flaking to the leather. Light waterstain about 4 inches by 1 inch to the right hand blank margin of the title page and to the next 4 leaves. xl, 362 clean and tightly bound pages followed by 17 pages of an index and one page of publisher's advertising. Ranulf de Glanville was chief justiciar in England in 1172 being responsible for the Glanville writs--the first compilation of English law, and he ruled England on behalf of Henry II while he was away in France looking after his holdings."[Glanville] has long been best known as the reputed author of a "Treatise on the Common Laws and Customs of England", the oldest of [England's] legal classics. His right to this fame depends mainly on the words of contemporary chronicler Roger of Hoveden, who under the year 1180 says that the king appointed as justiciar Ranulf Glanville, "cujus sapientia conditae sunt leges subscriptae". On this statement there follow: (1) a set of laws professedly made by the conqueror; (2) the collection of laws generally known as 'leges Edwardi Confessoris;' (3 )the treatise in question; (4) certain ordinances of Henry II. Probably Hovenden only means that Glanville, as justiciar, sanctioned these various documents, or that they contained rules that he administered; it can hardly be intended that he composed what announce themselves as laws of the Confessor and the Conquerror, and it seems very plain that the hand that wrote treatise was not the hand that compiled the "leges Edward". Thus as to the authorship of the treatise Hovendon's evidence falls short, and it is not certain that we have any other first-hand evidence .(DNB) Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 6222

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Title: A Translation of Glanville [or, A Treatise ...

Publisher: Printed By Valpy for W. Reed, London

Publication Date: 1812

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Ex-Library - Fair

Edition: First Edition In English.

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