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Abridgments, Digests and Indexes of Statutes (Source: the University of South Caroline Gould School of Law) Abridgments of the statutes probably originated in the fifteenth century according to Cowley’s Bibliography of Abridgments, which gives a good summary of these early abridgments and indexes of the statutes.(38) A detailed list also appears in Maxwell.(39) Only the most important examples have been listed below.

England. Abbreuiamentum Statuo(Rum) . Early English Books, 1475-1640, 161:3. London: Richard Pynson, 1499.

Notes: 1499 and 1503 editions also available online in Early English Books Online (subscription databases)Abstract: Text in law French and Latin.

—. Abbreviamentum Statutorum. London: John Lettou & William de Machlinia, 1482.

Notes: Also available online in Early English Books Online (subscription database)Abstract: Text in Latin. An abridgment in French, of the statutes to 33 Henry VI, 1455, in alphabetical order. The earliest printed abridgment of the statutes.

Great Britain. Parliament. Halsbury’s Statutes of England and Wales. 50 Vols. 4th ed. London: Butterworths, 1985-.

Abstract: Contains amended texts of statutes in force, with annotations. The earliest statute listed in the chronological table is the Statute of Marlborough (1267)

Great Britain. Statute Law Committee. Chronological Table of and Index to the Statutes to the End of the Session of … London : Statute Law Committee, 1869-.

Abstract: Covering the period from 1235 to date, the table refers to all the old repealed acts, and shows how they were affected by later legislation.

Great Britain. Statute Law Committee. Chronological Table of the Statutes . London : His/Her Majesty’s Stationery Office (now part of the Office of Public Sector Information), 1947.

Abstract: This annual publication provides a chronological table of and index to the statutes to the end of the latest session of parliament. Begins with the year 1235.

Pulton, Ferdinando, ed. A Kalender, or Table, Comprehending the Effect of All the Statutes That Have Beene Made and Put in Print : Beginning With Magna Charta, Enacted Anno 9. H. 3. … Untill the End of the Session of Parliament Holden Anno 3. R. Iacobi … : Whereunto Is Annexed an Abridgement of All the Statutes … London : The Company of Stationers, 1606.

Notes: Also available online in Early English Books Online (subscription databases)Abstract: Text in English.

Rastell, John, ed. The Statutes Prohemium Ioha(n)Nis Rastell . Early English Books, 1475-1640, 2041:1. London: John Rastell, 1519.

Abstract: Statutes arranged under alphabetical titles, and given both in English and in their original language.

Indexes of Statutes and Medieval Law

Indexes of Statutes and Legal History

Legal Materials

(Compiled by the University of South Caroline Gould School of Law) Rolle, Henry, ed. Un Abridgment Des Plusieurs Cases Et Resolutions Del Common Ley Alphabeticalment Digest Desouth Severall Titles . London: A. Crooke, 1668.

Notes: Also available online in Early English Books Online (subscription database)Abstract: Text in Law French. Digest of cases from the year books arranged systematically by topic under titles and sub-titles. It also abridges many of the parliamentary rolls, statutes, and official records.

Ruffhead, Owen, ed. A Complete Index to the Statutes at Large: From Magna Charta to the Tenth Year of George III. Inclusive . London: Printed by His Majesty’s Statute and Law Printers for P. Uriel, 1772..

Bibliographies of English Law History

  • Maxwell, William H. A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth of Nations. Volume 1: English Law to 1800. London: Sweet and Maxwell, 1955-
  • Beale, Joseph H. A Bibliography of Early English Law Books. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1926.
  • Winfield, Percy H. The Chief Sources of English Legal History. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1925.

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