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NOMOTHETAS: THE INTERPRETER, CONTAINING THE GENUINE SIGNIFICATION OF SUCH OBSCURE WORDS AND TERMS USED EITHER IN THE COMMON OR STATUTE LAWS OF THIS REALM.

Cowell, John; Manley, Thomas


Item #: 10377
Published: Union; Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.; 2004.

Subjects: DICTIONARIES

The Interpreter is considered to be the best law dictionarypublished before Jacob's A New Law-Dictionary (1729).Though its significance was recognized almost immediately,it was not approved by all. At a time when Parliament andcrown were vying for power, the Commons were angered by JohnCowell's monarchical orientation, which was evident in suchdefinitions as "King", "Parliament", "Prerogative","Recoveries", and "Subsidies". When a joint committee ofLords and Councilors reviewed the work, the ensuingcontroversary nearly halted the affairs of government.James I intervened in fear that his own fiscal interestswould not be approved by Parliament, and ordered aproclamation that imprisoned Cowell, suppressed the book andordered all copies burned by a public...Reprinted by LawbookExchange, Ltd. Distributed by William S. Hein & Co., Inc.

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