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Hawkins, William.

A TREATISE OF THE PLEAS OF THE CROWN:

Or a System of the Principal Matters relating to that Subjects, digested Under their proper Heads. In the Savoy: Printed by E. and R Nutt and R Gosling ... 1724-6.
2nd Ed. Corrected, with the Addition of some References. 2 vols. in 1. Folio. [xiv] + 266pp. + [xl] + [iv] + 464pp. + [xl]. Fore-edge of prelims. frayed, ex.-libris Thomas Charnley, some light browning, paper detached from prelims. with calf becoming loose, early calf, some wear, some loss to corners. ESTC T126275 ‘The imprint of vol.2 omits J. Walthoe the younger.’ ODNB ‘... His career as a legal writer began as early as 1711 with an abridgement of Coke upon Littleton, which reached a fourth edition in 1822. He is best known in the legal profession for [the above work] a copy of which he presented to Oriel. This treatise may indeed have been his principal qualification for the coif. It was the first substantial exposition of English criminal law to be printed since that by Sir Edward Coke (1552–1634), and it represented a distinct advance in terms of analysis and detail ...’
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