A Treatise of Gavelkind, both Name and Thing. Shewing the true Etymologie and Derivation of the one, the Nature, Antiquity, and Original of the other

By: SOMNER, William

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A Treatise of Gavelkind, both Name and Thing. Shewing the true Etymologie and Derivation of the one, the Nature, Antiquity, and Original of the other by SOMNER, William
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London: Printed by R. & W. Laybourn, for the Author. 1660. With sundry emergent Observations, both pleasant and profitable to be known of Kentish-Men and others, especially such as are studious, either of the ancient Custome, or the Common Law of this Kingdome. By (A Well-Wisher to Both)... First edition. [xiv], 216, [8]pp. BOUND WITH: The History of Gavel-Kind, with the Etymology thereof; containing also an Assertion that our English Laws are for the most part Those that were used by the Antient Brytains, notwithstanding the several Conquests of the Romans, Saxons, Danes, and Normans; with some Observations and Remarks upon many especial Occurences of British and English history. To which is added a short History of William the Conqueror, written in Latin by an anonymous author in the time of Henry the First. By Silas Taylor, Gent. Printed for John Starkey, [London], 1663. [xxvi], 210, folding table (p211, verso blank), [2]pp. TWO TITLES - bound in contemporary(?) full leather, neatly re-backed with the original spine laid down (raised bands, title label, gilt decorations, all rubbed and dulled), corners rubbed and indentations in each board about halfway up the fore-edges (suggesting damage by a sting-tie when the boards were loose), both hinges strengthened with modern cloth binder's tape. The edges browned with an old notation written at the head of the fore-edges, front free endpaper snipped at top corner, a little early spotting and a pale mark at the lower corner of some early pages, tears to top corners of pp137/38 of the first book and pp[x/xi] of the second, the folding table also with a short clean tear and its edges creased - otherwise the pages very clean and in very good condition. Three owners' inscriptions in the margin of the Somner title-page. ISBN ***Gavelkind was a form of land tenure under which 'all the sons of a holder of an estate in land share equally in such lands upon the death of the father'. It was the custom across most of England until the Norman conquest, after which it was gradually replaced by primogeniture, although it lasted much longer in the county of Kent. Somner's work was the first study of the custom, and one of the important early studies of English law. .

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