Title: Treatise of Testaments and Last Wills, Fit to be understood by all men, that they may know, Whether, Whereof, and How, to make them. Compiled out of the Laws, Ecclesiasticall, Civill and Canon, as also out of the Common Laws,Customes and Statutes. 4th.
Publisher:  George Sawbridge, Thomas Roycraft, and William Rawlins, London, 1677,
Seller ID: 76249
SWINBURNE, Henry. A Treatise of Testaments and Last Wills, Fit to be understood by all men, that they may know, Whether, Whereof, and How, to make them. Compiled out of the Laws, Ecclesiasticall, Civill and Canon, as also outof the Common Laws, Customes and Statutes of this Realm . London: printed by George Sawbridge, Thomas Roycroft, and William Rawlins, Assigns of Richard Adkins and Edward Atkins, Esquires, 1677. The Fourth Edition, very much enlarged with many choice Cases, an d all such Statutes relating to this Subject as have been published unto this time. With an exact Table to the whole. Pp. (14),1-466,(16) of index and epilogue at rear. Large 8vo, half light brown leather with darker leather boards, with five raised bands and maroon title block to spine. An important volume dealing with ecclesiastical law, specifically in regards to last wills and testaments, written more for the layman than the legal scholar. This is the first major volume published in England dealing with the subject. Swinburne was, at the time of the publication of the first edition (1591), an occasional judge of the PrerogativeCourt at York. For more information on Swinburne's life, see Dictionary of National Biography, volume XIX, pp. 228-9. Front board detached, spine chi pped, boards heavily rubbed and edgeworn, some minor dampstaining to top edge, occasional browning and smudging throughout, else very good. 400.00