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Blount : Law Dictionary, and other legal texts.

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Reference Code: GBR/0273/BLOUNT

Scope and Contents

Lettered on spine: 'Anno / 1626 // JUDGES' / RESOLUTIONS / ON / POPISH / RECUSANTS // LAW / DICTIONARY // MODUS DECIMANDI // CASES OF / THE SEA // CISTERCIAN / Matt: Hale / 1648,'
Ff. a-b, 1-175.
b: Liber Thome Blount de interiori Templo, 1639. // Non fruitur sapientia cui invisa est industria.
(With notarial mark.)
Liber Thomae Miller, pret. 8s 8d.
1-4: The resolucion of all the Judges vnto severall Questions concernyng Popish Recusants in Trinity Terme Anno secundo Caroli Regis 1626.
5-12: blank.
13-130v: Law dictionary, 'Champerty to Women', apparently an early draft of parts of Blount's 'NOMO-LEXIKON: a law dictionary ....', first published in 1670.
132-156: Reports del Judgments et opinyons in Banke le Roy et ailours de Prohibicions [Judgements in the King's Bench and elsewhere concerning Prohibitions]: De modo decimandi [on tithing]. [Apparently not derived from Coke or Selden]. Finishes 'Caetera deficiunt'.
157-167 blank.
168-174v: Of I[s]lands arising in the sea, and of the sale shoare, compared with the fresh.'
175-175v: Opinion of Justice Matthew Hale on the rights of the Countess of Rutland in the manor of Garradon [Garendon, Leics] previously a Cistercian property, 3 Mar. 1648.
The last two texts in a different hand.


  • 1632 - 1648

Biographical / Historical

Thomas Blount (1618-1679), antiquarian, lexicographer and recusant, was called to the bar at the Inner Temple, but as a recusant was effectively debarred from practising as a lawyer. For a full account see Ian Mortimer in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.


1 volume(s) : Paper

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

1(12), 2-7(16), 8(16, lacking 10, but without break in text), 9(18), 10(14), 11(16, lacking two leaves), 12 (14). 290 x 190 mm. All pages with red rules, 3 cm from top and bottom and 2cm from left and right. Limp vellum cover with traces of ties on front.

Former / Other Reference

MS 460

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Thomas Miller, whose ownership inscription occurs under Blount's, was admitted as a pensioner at Peterhouse on 15 Sept. 1674; B.A. 1678/9; admitted at the Middle Temple, 5 Feb. 1676/7, barrister, 1682. Died 12 Nov. 1683. He was the founder of an exhibition at Peterhouse.


Blount, Thomas

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Repository Details

Part of the Peterhouse (Ward) Library Repository

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