Scarce JP Manual that Includes a Digest of Staunford's Pleas of the Crown Yonge, Walter [1581?-1649]. [Staunford, Sir William (1509-1558)]. A Vade Mecum, Or, Table, Containing the Substance of Such Statutes; Wherein Any One, Or More Justices of the Peace are Inabled to Act, As Well in the Sessions, As Out of the Sessions of Peace. Together with an Epitome of Mr. Stamford's Pleas of the Crown. Corrected, And Amended. London: Printed for Rich. Best, 1660 [i.e. 1661]. [xxiv], 186,  pp. First leaf blank. Two parts with continuous pagination. Second part preceded by title page reading (in part) A Vade Mecum, And Cornu Copia. An Epitome of Master Stamfords Pleas of the Crown. 12mo. (5-1/2" x 3-1/4"). Contemporary calf with recent rebacking, blind rules to boards, raised bands and lettering piece to spine, pastedowns renewed. Light rubbing to extremities, hinges bumped. Light toning to text, two small chips and very light soiling to title page, minor chips to a few other leaves, internally clean. * Sixth (stated) edition. As suggested by its title, this is a manual for justices of the peace. The first part is arranged in tabular form. Each entry lists an offense, conditions for an action, the number of justices required to hear the case, the appropriate punishment and references to authorities. The second part is a condensed version of Staunford's Plees del Coron (1st. ed. 1557), a standard treatise on criminal law in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Published as the sixth edition, it is actually the third. The first, second and fourth were published in 1643, 1650 and 1663. Sweet & Maxwell list a 1620 edition titled Justices, Their Vade Mecum and Cornucopia, but it appears to be a ghost. All editions are scarce. OCLC locates 6 copies of the 1661 edition, 3 in law libraries (Harvard, SUNY-Buffalo, Yale). Another copy located at Columbia Law School. English Short-Title Catalogue R204144. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: A Vade Mecum, Or, Table, Containing the ...
Publication Date: 1660
Book Description Printed By John Streater, London, 1663. Sheepskin - Hardcover. Condition: Fair Front Board Detached. 2nd Edition. front board has a bookplate- a two page general warrant is in longhand on the front endpaper, and a four page warrant to levy is in the rear, owner's name on the title page. Seller Inventory # 070268
Book Description Printed for Rich. Best, and are to be sold by H. Twyford [etc.], London, 1660. Contemporary sheep, rubbed, the bottom of the spine chipped, clasps lacking, yet a good fresh copy, with both the first and last blanks Penultimate edition of, so far as I can determine, the first and only early abridgment of an English criminal law treatise, its first part detailing in double columns offences and penalties, with provision for manuscript additions. Seller Inventory # 77303