[Sir Edward Coke]
Engraving with large margins, 17th century watermarked paper, platemark 215 x 145mm (8½ x 5¾").
Sir Edward Coke (1552-1634), lawyer, legal writer and politician, best known for his 'Commentarie upon Littleton', a gloss on Thomas Littleton's 'Tenures'. This portrait was published in the 1684 edition of that work. Coke's reputation has proved long-lasting: as Allen D. Boyer writes (DNB), 'the nineteenth century honoured Coke as an exponent of personal liberty and representative government. The twentieth century honoured him as the prototype of the activist judge- able to draw broadly on social and economic knowledge, and not afraid to strike down laws'.
O'D 4; for a portrait of Littleton from the 1684 'Commentarie', see ref. 35005.
[Ref: 35006] £140.00