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Page from a printed edition of Bracton.

First page of text of the first printed edition of Bracton's De legibus et consuetudinibus Angliae, published in London by Richard Tottel in 1569 (Beale T 323).

The as-of-yet-unidentified editor, who signs himself "T. N.," claims to have compared twelve manuscripts when he prepared this printed edition. His collation, however, was not done critically. Rather than attempting to establish a text as close as possible to the original, "T. N." was more concerned with publishing everything and anything which might have any claims of having been written by Bracton.

Note: The quality of the text as pictured above is the result of bleed-through from the reverse side of the page.


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