1659 First Edition of “Reports of Divers Resolutions in Law” by Sir James Ley, Leather Bound Antique Book
Scarce 1659 First Edition of “Reports of Divers Resolutions in Law” by Sir James Ley, 1st Earl of Marlborough | Printed in London by Thomas Roycroft on watermarked laid paper | Fully Bound in Calf Leather
Rare 1659 First Edition of “Reports of Divers Resolutions in Law” by Sir James Ley, Earl of Marlborough (his grandson James Ley, 3rd Earl of Marlborough arranged for the publication of this collection of law reports in 1659) | Published in London by Thomas Roycroft 1659 (“for H. Twyford, Thomas Dring, and F. Place, and are to be sold at their shops in Vine Court Middle Temple, the George in Fleet Street, and at Furnivals Inne Gate in Holborn.”) | On watermarked laid paper | Fully Bound in Calf Leather | Size: 11.5″ H x 7.5″ W.
Book Details: This antique volume is fully bound in tan tooled calf leather with marbled paper. Binding includes ornate tooling, gilt lettering, five raised bands, and a red title panel “Ley’s Reports” | Binding has a few minor cracks, but spine is intact and solid | Printed on watermarked laid paper.
Author: Sir James Ley, 1st Earl of Marlborough (c. 1552–1629) was an English judge and politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1597 and 1622. He was Lord Chief Justice of the King’s Bench in Ireland and then in England and was Lord High Treasurer from 1624 to 1628. On 31 December 1624, James I created him Baron Ley, of Ley in the County of Devon, and on 5 February 1626, Charles I created him Earl of Marlborough.
Sir Ley was a founding member of the Society of Antiquaries. None of his works on legal or antiquarian subjects were published in his lifetime, but his grandson James Ley, 3rd Earl of Marlborough, arranged for the publication of his treatise on wardship in 1642, and a collection of law reports in 1659. Four of his papers to the Society of Antiquaries were published by Thomas Hearne in his Collection of Curious Discourses (1720).
Full Title: “Reports of Divers Resolutions in Law, Arising upon Cases in the Court of Wards, And other Courts at Westminster, In the Reigns of the late Kings, King James and King Charles. Collected by the Right Honorable, Sir James Ley, Knight and Baronet, Earl of Marlborough, &c. whilst was Attorney of the Courts of Wards and Liveries”
Description: Law / Judicial
Author: Sir James Ley, 1st Earl of Marlborough (c. 1552–1629)(his grandson James Ley, 3rd Earl of Marlborough arranged for the publication of his collection of law reports in 1659)
Publisher: Thomas Roycroft
Binding: Full Leather Hardcover
This is the First edition of the only published reports of the Court of Wards and Liveries. The Court of Wards and Liveries, in which the majority of cases are reported in this book, was abolished before the book was printed by Sir Ley’s grandson. “The other courts at Westminster” mentioned in the title are The Court of Star Chamber and King’s Bench.