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The Reports

of that late Reverend and Learned Judge, Thomas Owen

One of the Justices of the Common Pleas

Wherein Are many choice Cases, most of them throughly argued by the Learned Serjeants, and after argued and resolved by the grave Judges of those times

With Many Cases wherein the differences in the Year-books are reconciled and explained

1656 - London - T. R. for H. Twyford, T. Dring, and J. Place

11.5" x 7.5", [12], 76, 81-158, [8]pp Text and register continuous despite pagination.

 

 

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Bound in full leather.

Scarce.

Thomas Owen (d. 1598), judge. He was admitted in 1562 to Lincoln's Inn, where he was called to the bar in 1570 and made a bencher in 1579.

Owen was JP for Shropshire from about 1583 and for most other counties from about 1595. He was Lent reader in 1583, and served Lincoln's Inn as treasurer between 1588 and 1589. In 1589 he was created serjeant-at-law, and he was made queen's serjeant on 25 January 1593. On 21 January 1594 he was made a judge of the court of common pleas. He was rumoured to be a candidate for the vacant mastership of the court of wards in 1598, but died before any steps could be taken to fill the position.

Owen was a man of wide culture, his library at his death containing books in French, Italian, and Spanish as well as the more technical works of common law. Owen was without doubt a capable technical lawyer, but he was above all a man of very sound and reliable judgement, a noted counsellor, and much resorted to for advice (Wood, Ath. Oxon., 1.673). From a relatively early stage of his career he was frequently called upon by the privy council to carry out a variety of commissions. He attempted, perhaps for a time successfully, to defuse a serious contretemps between the courts of king's bench and common pleas; and as recorder of Shrewsbury (158892) he permitted the continued observance of popular customs opposed by the more puritanical faction in the town.

CONDITION

The binding is fairly firm, although the front board, front blank endpaper and title page are detached but present. There is some significant wear to the extremities including bumping with loss to the corners, loss of leather to the spine, and heavy rubbing to the boards. Internally the pages are generally clean and bright with a few handling marks, isolated spots, and small ink annotation. There is a bookplate to the front pastedown and an ink signature on the title page. Overall the volume is in fair condition externally but good internally.

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