The true portraiture of Iudge Littleton the Famous English Lawyer.
Engraving with large margins, 17th century watermarked paper. 197 x 140mm (7¾ x 5½").
Thomas Littleton (1417-1481), justice and legal writer. His celebrated treatise on tenures was printed anonymously within a year of his death, making it the first law book printed in England, and the most successful (going through more than ninety editions). Frontispiece to the 1684 edition of Sir Edward Coke's commentary on Littleton ("The First Part of the Institutes of the Lawes of England. Or, A Commentarie upon Littleton, not the name of a lawyer onely, but of the law it selfe"), copying the Robert Vaughan engraving used in the first 1628 edition. Vaughan's engraving was itself probably copied from a portrait formerly in the windows of Frankley church, where Littleton founded a chapel.
O'D 1; for Vaughan's engraving see ref. 18423.
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