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Political and legal papers owned by Sir Edward Coke

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Political and legal papers owned by Sir Edward Coke
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Paper; ff. iii + 45.
Half leather binding, brown, with marbled boards. Original vellum covers, fols. ii, iii. Signature of Sir Edward Coke, 1602, on the turnover of fol. ii. Item 324 in Coke's catalogue.
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Contemporary copies of political and legal papers, owned and annotated by Sir Edward Coke, Lord Chief Justice (1552-1634). Contents:-

(1) Forms of oaths of office for the Great Officers of State beginning with those for the Chancellor and Lord High Treasurer, and commissions and patents for the Lieutenancy of Kent and other offices. fols. 1-23;-

(2) An apology for the proceedings of the House of Commons, 1604. A statement of Parliamentary privileges and defence of proceedings in the lower house (see J. R. Tanner, Constitutional Documents of the Reign of James I (1930), 202; W. Cobbett, The Parliamentary History of England, I (1806), 1030-42). fols. 26-32;-

(3) The commission of Lieutenancy for the county of Hertford (to Robert, 1st Earl of Salisbury), 27 June 1605. fols. 33-4;-

(4) The contract of marriage between the Elector Palatine and the Princess Elizabeth, 17 Nov. 1612, appointments of her servants, and of Ludovic, Duke of Lennox, and others as ambassadors and deputies to the Palatinate, with their instructions. See Rymer, Foedera, XVI, 730-4, 744-6. fols. 36-40;-

(5) Writ of James I to Sir Edward Coke, 15 Nov. 1616, discharging him from the office of Chief Justice of the King's Bench (fol. 40v) and commission (annotated 'against lawe') to George Abbot, Archbishop of Canterbury and others to examine the proceedings of the judges of the King's Bench, 4 June 1616. Annotations by Coke include (fol. 41) 'sed inimici nostri non prevaluerunt'. fols. 40v-2.
Coke, Edward (1552-1634), Knight, lawyer, author and politician
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