Historia Placitorum Coronæ

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The title page of volume I of the first edition of Historia Placitorum Coronae (1736)

Historia Placitorum Coronæ or The History of the Pleas of the Crown is an influential treatise on the criminal law of England, written by Sir Matthew Hale with notes by Sollom Emlyn in 1736, and printed posthumously by E. and R. Nutt, and R. Gosling (the assigns of Edward Sayer), for F. Gyles, T. Woodward, and C. Davis.[1] The book was published despite an instruction in Hale's will that none of his manuscripts was to be printed after his death unless he had ordered the publication during his lifetime.[2] This was defended by Emlyn on the basis that it was a work of enormous importance; that he appeared to have revoked this instruction in a codicil; and that, in any event, it was obvious that he had intended to publish it. He further observed that the order was the result of fear that the text would be altered or abridged.

The book is divided into two parts. The first part deals with substantive law and the second part deals with procedure.

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  1. ^ Matthew Hale (1736), Historia Placitorum Coronæ: The History of the Pleas of the Crown, by Sir Matthew Hale Knt. Sometime Lord Chief Justice of the Court of King’s Bench. Now First Published from his Lordship's Original Manuscript, and the Several References to the Records Examined by the Originals, with Large Notes. By Sollom Emlyn of Lincoln's-Inn Esq. To Which is Added a Table of the Principal Matters. In Two Volumes (1st ed.), London, in the Savoy: Printed by E. and R. Nutt, and R. Gosling (assigns of Edward Sayer, Esq.), for F. Gyles, T. Woodward, and C. Davis, OCLC 831163641 .
  2. ^ Matthew Hale (1800), Historia Placitorum Coronæ: The History of the Pleas of the Crown, by Sir Matthew Hale. Pub. from the Original Manuscripts by Sollom Emlyn. With Additional Notes and References to Modern Cases Concerning the Pleas of the Crown. By George Wilson. A New Ed. And an Abridgment of the Statutes Relating to Felonies Continued to the Present Time, with Notes and References, by Thomas Dogherty 1, London: Printed by E. Rider, for T. Payne, H. L. Gardner, W. Otridge, E. and R. Brooke and J. Rider [and seven others in London], p. x, OCLC 645127647 .