Description: This hefty book, containing the 5th, 6th and 7th parts of the Reports of Sir Edward Coke, the English barrister and judge, once belonged to James Buchanan and is signed by him on the title page.
James Buchanan (1791-1868) was the 15th President of the United States, serving from 1857 to 1861, immediately prior to the Civil War.
Sir Edward Coke (1552-1634) was a prestigious English barrister who served in Parliament as Solicitor General and Speaker of the House of Commons, as well as Attorney General, Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, and Chief Justice of the King’s Bench. He was highly influential, writing the Statute of Monopolies, the first action that led to the English Civil War, and the Petition of Right, one of the three most important English constitutional documents. His Reports have an American connection, specifically Dr. Bonham’s Case (not in the parts available here) which was used to justify the voiding of the Stamp Act of 1765 and the writs of assistance. Coke’s writings also were used when writing the 3rd, 4th , and 16th Amendments of the United States Constitution.
Title: Reports del Sr. Edw. Coke Chivalier, L’attorney General le Roy, des Divers Resolutions & Judgments dones sur solemne Arguments… Full brown leather with 5 raised bands, the book has text in French, Latin, and English and has approximately 676 pages. Measures roughly 13” x 9”. Item #A00779.
Condition: Both boards are detached, heavy wear to covers, the 7th part is heavily toned and stained, bookplate on page [vi], generally in fair condition with all pages attached.