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Magna Carta in Print

Small reference works containing the laws of England circulated in manuscript form for two hundred years before they were reproduced in print. In 1508, English printer Richard Pynson produced this small format book that contains King Henry III’s 1225 Magna Carta and England’s earliest statutes. This book was immensely popular, appearing in at least twenty editions by 1587 and inspiring the creation of many similar collections of law by competing printers. Later collections of English statutes adopted Pynson’s custom of beginning the record of statutes with Magna Carta, a practice that continues in England today.
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