DAVIES, Sir John. Les Reports des Cases & Matters en Ley Resolves & Adjudges en les Courts del Roy en Ireland: Collect and digest per Sir John Davis Chivaler, Atturney Generall del Roy en cest Realm.
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London: Printed by C. Flesther, J. Streater, and H. Twyford, Assigns of Richard Atkyns and Edward Atkyns, Esquires, 1674. Small folio. pp. [xxviii], 198. Title within ruled border. Contemporary full calf. Spine professionally rebacked. Early owner's signature 'Christopher Tuckey' on front free endpaper. Early bookplate of Robert Jocelyn, Esq. on verso of titlepage. Professional paper repair to corners of blanks and titlepage. Some early marginalia in ink. Old inoffensive water stain. A very good clean copy. Exceedingly rare. 1350
Wing D 408/D 398. Sweeney 1327 lists the Dublin edition of 1615.
The eloquent commentary on the common law prefaced to this, the first book of Irish case law, is to be found only in the folio editions. The cases seem to have been heard between 1604 and 1612 and Hans S. Pawlisch writing in 'The Historical Journal' in 1980 notes that Davies had “worked to consolidate and perpetuate the military conquest by a series of judicial decisions which transformed the legal and administrative structure of the Island."
Provenance: From the library of Robert Jocelyn, 1st Viscount Jocelyn (c. 1688-1756) Anglo-Irish politician and judge and member of the Peerage of Ireland, best known for serving as Lord Chancellor of Ireland.
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