Institutes of the Lawes of England

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Institutes of the Lawes of England
Edward Coke, The First Part of the Institvtes of the Lawes of England (1st ed, 1628, title page) - 20131124.jpg
Title page of the first volume of the first edition
Author Edward Coke
Country England
Language English
Subject English law
Genre Non-fiction
Published 1628–1644
Pages Part I: 395; Part II: 745; Part III: 243; Part IV: 364
LC Class Part I: KD833.C6; Part II: KD660.C6; Parts III and IV: KD7869.C64

The Institutes of the Lawes of England are a series of legal treatises written by Sir Edward Coke. They were first published, in stages, between 1628 and 1644.[1] Widely recognized as a foundational document of the common law, they have been cited in over 70 cases decided by the Supreme Court of the United States,[2] including several landmark cases. For example, in Roe v. Wade (1973),[3] Coke's Institutes are cited as evidence that under old English common law, an abortion performed before quickening was not an indictable offence. In the much earlier case of United States v. E. C. Knight Co. (1895),[4] Coke's Institutes are quoted at some length for their definition of monopolies.

First editions[edit]

The Institutes of the Lawes of England are divided into four parts, the first editions of which are as follows:

  • The First Part of the Institutes of the Lawes of England. Or, a Commentarie upon Littleton, Not the Name of a Lawyer Onely, but of the Law it selfe, London: Printed [by Adam Islip] for the Societe of Stationers, 1628, OCLC 84760833 . Often called Coke on Littleton (abbreviated "Co. Litt."), it is a commentary on Thomas de Littleton's treatise on land tenure.[5]
    • An index of the First Part was published as A Table to the First Part of the Institutes of the Lawes of England, Digested into Alphabeticall Order and Method, London: M[iles] Flesher, J[ohn] Haviland, and R[obert] Young, the assigns of J[ohn] More, 1630, OCLC 55166464 .
  • The Second Part of the Institutes of the Lawes of England. Containing the Exposition of Many Ancient, and other Statutes; whereof You may See the Particulars in a Table Following, London: Printed by M[iles] Flesher and R[obert] Young for E[phraim] D[awson], R[ichard] M[eighen], W[illiam] L[ee] and D[aniel] P[akeman], 1642, OCLC 228722563 .
  • The Third Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England: Concerning High Treason, and Other Pleas of the Crown, and Criminall Causes, London: Printed by M[iles] Flesher, for W[illiam] Lee and D[aniel] Pakeman, 1644, OCLC 12388731 .
  • The Fourth Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England: Concerning the Jurisdiction of Courts, London: Printed ... by M[iles] Flesher, for W[illiam] Lee, and D[aniel] Pakeman, 1644, OCLC 83289236 .

Selected later editions[edit]

First Part of the Institvtes of the Lawes of England (1st ed., 1628, title page) Second Part of the Institutes of the Lawes of England (1st ed., 1642, title page)
Third Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England (1st ed., 1644, title page) Fourth Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England (2nd ed., 1648, title page)
Title pages of the first editions of the First, Second and Third Parts of the Institutes, and of the second edition of the Fourth Part
  • Editions printed by Andrew Crooke, et al. (1669–1671).
    • The Second Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England; Containing the Exposition of many Ancient, and Other Statutes; whereof You may See the Particulars in a Table Following. The Third Edition. With an Alphabetical Table. Authore Edw. Coke. Milite, I.C. (3rd ed.), London: Printed for A[ndrew] Crooke, W[illiam] Leake, A[bel] Roper, F[rancis] Tyton, T[homas] Dring, T[homas] Collins, J[ohn] Place, W[illiam] Place, J[ohn] Starkey, T[homas] Bassett, R[obert] Pawlett, S[amuel] Heyrick, and G[eorge] Dawes, booksellers in Fleetstreet, Chancery-Lane, and Holborne, 1669, OCLC 11277568 .
    • The Third Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England; Concerning High Treason, and other Pleas of the Crown, and Criminal Causes. The Fourth Edition. Authore Edw. Coke, Milite (4th ed.), London: Printed for A[ndrew] Crooke, W[illiam] Leake, A[bel] Roper, F[rancis] Tyton, T[homas] Dring, T[homas] Collins, J[ohn] Place, W[illiam] Place, J[ohn] Starkey, T[homas] Bassett, R[obert] Pawlett, S[amuel] Heyrick, and G[eorge] Dawes, booksellers in Fleetstreet and Holborn, 1669, OCLC 9515015 .
    • The Fourth Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England; Concerning the Jurisdiction of Courts. The Fourth Edition, with an Alphabetical Table, not heretofore Printed. Authore Edw. Coke Milite (4th ed.), London: Printed for A[ndrew] Crooke, W[illiam] Leake, A[bel] Roper, F[rancis] Tyton, T[homas] Dring, T[homas] Collins, J[ohn] Place, W[illiam] Place, J[ohn] Starkey, T[homas] Bassett, R[obert] Pawlett, S[amuel] Heyricke, and G[eorge] Dawes, booksellers in Fleetstreet and Holborne, 1669, OCLC 15509037 .
  • Editions printed by John Streater, et al. (1670–1671).
    • The First Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England. Or, A Commentary upon Littleton, not the Name of the Author Only, but of the Law It Self. Hæc ego grandævus posui tibi, candide lector. Authore Edwardo Coke milite (7th ed.), London: Printed by John Streater, James Flesher, and Henry Twyford, assigns of Richard Atkins and Edward Atkins, Esquires. And are to be sold by George Sawbridge, John Place, John Bellinger, William Place, Thomas Basset, Robert Pawlet, Christopher Wilkinson, Thomas Dring, William Jacob, Allen Banks, Ch. Harper, John Amery, John Poole, John Leigh, 1670, OCLC 457851806 .
    • The Second Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England; Containing the Exposition of many Ancient, and Other Statutes: Whereof you may See the Particulars in a Table Following (5th ed.), London: Printed by John Streater, Henry Twyford, Elizabeth Flesher, assigns of Richard Atkyns, and Edward Atkyns, Esquires, 1671, OCLC 19336060 .
    • The Third Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England; Concerning High Treason, and other Pleas of the Crown, and Criminal Causes. Authore Edw. Coke, Milite (4th ed.), London: Printed by John Streater, James Flesher, Henry Twyford, assigns of Richard Atkyns, and Edward Atkyns Esquires, 1670, OCLC 10264446 .
    • The Fourth Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England; Concerning the Jurisdiction of Courts. The Fifth Edition, with an Alphabetical Table, not heretofore Printed (5th ed.), London: Printed by John Streater, Henry Twyford, Elizabeth Flesher, assigns of Richard Atkyns, and Edward Atkyns, Esquires, 1671, OCLC 558018397 .
  • Editions printed by William Rawlins, et al. (1680–1684).
    • The First Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England, or, A Commentary upon Littleton, not the Name of the Author Only, but of the Law Itself. Hæc ego grandævus posui tibi, candide lector, authore Edwardo Coke, milite. The Ninth Edition Carefully Corrected: With an Alphabetical Table. To this Edition is Added Two Learned Tracts of the Same Authors; the First, his Reading upon the 27th of Edward the First, Entituled, The Statute of Levying Fines: and the Second, Of Bail and Mainprize (9th ed.), London: Printed by William Rawlins, Samuel Roycroft, and H Sawbridge, assigns of Richard Atkins and Edward Atkins, Esquires. And are to be sold by Christopher Wilkinson, Richard Tonson, and Jacob Tonson; at the Black-Boy in Fleetstreet, within Grays-Inn Gate next Grays-In Lane, and at the Judges Head in Chancery Lane near Fleetstreet, 1684, OCLC 12367687 .
    • The Second Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England; Containing the Exposition of many Ancient, and Other Statutes, whereof You may See the Particulars in a Table Following. The Sixth Edition. Authore Edw. Coke Milite, J.C. (6th ed.), London: Printed by W[illiam] Rawlins, for Thomas Basset at the George near St. Dunstan’s Church in Fleet-street, 1681, OCLC 8483618 .
    • The Third Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England: Concerning High Treason, and other Pleas of the Crown, and Criminal Causes. The Sixth Edition. Authore Edw. Coke Milite (6th ed.), London: Printed by W[illiam] Rawlins, for Thomas Basset at the George near St. Dunstans Church in Fleet-street, 1680, OCLC 12395626 
    • The Third Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England: Concerning High Treason, and other Pleas of the Crown, and Criminal Causes. The Sixth Edition. Authore Edw. Coke Milite (6th ed.), London: Printed by W[illiam] Rawlins, for Thomas Basset at the George near St. Dunstans Church in Fleet-street, 1681, OCLC 237336410 .
    • The Fourth Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England: Concerning the Jurisdiction of Courts. The Sixth Edition. Authore Edw. Coke Milite (6th ed.), London: Printed by W[illiam] Rawlins, for Thomas Basset at the George near St. Dunstans Church in Fleet-street, 1681, OCLC 8483499 .
A portrait of Edward Coke from the frontispiece of The Third Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England (4th ed., 1669)[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Paul Axel-Lute (4 January 2010), Finding English Statutes & Cases & Selected "Books of Authority" at the Rutgers–Newark Law Library, Rutgers Law Library – Newark, archived from the original on 7 May 2013 .
  2. ^ LexisNexis search performed 1 May 2008.
  3. ^ Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113, 134 (1973).
  4. ^ United States v. E. C. Knight Co., 156 U.S. 1, 10 (1895).
  5. ^ First published as Thomas de Littleton (1482), Tenannt en fee simple est celuy ... [A tenant in fee simple is he who ...], London: Imp[re]ssi p[er] nos Ioh[an]e[s] lettou [et] Will[es] de machlinia i citate Londonia[rum] [Printed by us, John Lettou and William de Machlinia in the City of London], OCLC 216889609  (the title is from the opening words of the text).
  6. ^ The Third Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England; Concerning High Treason, and other Pleas of the Crown, and Criminal Causes. The Fourth Edition. Authore Edw. Coke, Milite (4th ed.), London: Printed for A[ndrew] Crooke, W[illiam] Leake, A[bel] Roper, F[rancis] Tyton, T[homas] Dring, T[homas] Collins, J[ohn] Place, W[illiam] Place, J[ohn] Starkey, T[homas] Bassett, R[obert] Pawlett, S[amuel] Heyrick, and G[eorge] Dawes, booksellers in Fleetstreet and Holborn, 1669, OCLC 9515015 .

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