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Thomas Ridley

A View of the Civile and Ecclesiasticall Law 1676

Published: Printed by H. Hall for Ric. Davis, Oxford, 1676

Edition: Fourth Edition

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Fourth Edition 1676 (1607), Printed by H. Hall for Ric. Davis,OXFORD. Octavo, 11cm x 17cm, 396 pp. plus index. Original full leather, title in gilt on black gilt bordered panel to spine; 5 panels to spine.

Title page: A View of the Civile and Ecclesiasticall Law: And wherein the Practice of them is fteitned and may be relieved within this land. Written by S THOMAS RIDLEY Knight, and Doctor of the Civile Law. The Fourth Edition, with the Notes of J. Gregory late Mr of Arts, of Chr. Ch. Ox.

Introductory epistle by Ridley addressed to the High and Mighty PRINCE JAMES, By the Grace of God, King of Great Britain France and Ireland, Defender of the faith &tc (4pp). Preface to the reader by Ridley (3 pp). Preface to the reader by J.G. (3pp).

Ridley, Sir Thomas (b. before 1548, d. 1629), civil lawyer. "His knowledge of the civil and ecclesiastical law led to his appointment, together with John Cowell and Sir Edward Stanhope, to revise the canons dealing with ecclesiastical procedure in 1604. Three years later he wrote "A View of the Civile and Ecclesiastical Law", a vigorous defence of the autonomy of the ecclesiastical law at a time when the common law courts were using prohibitions to encroach upon the jurisdiction of the church courts. Law was derived from custom, statute and ultimately God. Ridley contended that common law and ecclesiastical law were equally subject to royal jurisdiction so that there was no need for writs of prohibition or actions of praemunire in which common law courts pretended to control the ecclesiastical courts. The treatise, which was dedicated to James I, lamented the current state of the civilians' profession, which “doth scarce keepe beggerie from the gate” (Ridley, 274). Among the common lawyers the book stimulated fears that the civilians were attempting to strengthen the civil law at their expense. James was so pleased “that Sir Edward Coke undertook from thence to prophecy the decay of the common law” (Lloyd, 423)." [ODNB]

Condition: Binding tight but slightly cracked at the hinges of the spine; front board slightly scuffed and bent at edges; some scratch marks and indentations on front board. End papers slightly stained and foxed. Title page has top right corner missing; end papers torn; small tear also to one internal page. Rear end paper coming adrift from cover. Slight foxing on internal pages. Otherwise clean and good. Book plate for Edward Peake on inside of front cover and small ink scribble on end papers.

Please note this book will be posted from the UK.

  • Jacket Condition: No Jacket
  • Binding Condition: Fair to Good
  • Overall Condition: Fair to Good
  • Size: 11cm x 17cm
  • Sold By: The Smokey Owl
  • Contact Person: Carol Hayman
  • Country: South Africa
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