Bound in original green cloth, gilt, with PCC device on front boards. Some wrinkling of cloth and a few stains. Occasional light pencil marks in clean interiors. Armorial bookplate on front paste-down of Vol.2, 1635-39 only.





London: Issued to Subscribers from 93 and 94 Chancery Lane, London, W.C.,




Abstracts of probate acts in the prerogative court of canterbury, vol.1, 1630-4 (1902), vol.2, 1635-39 (1903), vol.3, 1640-44 (1905), vol.4, 1645-49 (1906); sentences and complete index nominum (probates and sentences) for the years 1630-1639. (1907); abstracts of probate acts in the prerogative court of canterbury, commonwealth probates, vol.1 (1650-1) (1909), vol. 2 (1652-3) (1911), vol.3 (1654-5) (1914); abstracts of probates and sentences in the prerogative court of canterbury, 1620-4 (1911). edited by john matthews and george f. matthews, b.a.

Item Description

4to. Ten volumes. 6.25 x 10 inches. 349 pp.; 431 pp.; 292 pp.; 582 + [2] pp. advertisements; 171 pp.; 389 + [1] pp. advertisements; 506 pp.; 352 pp.; 341 pp.


Abstracts of Probates and Sentences is Vol.1 (1620-4); Vol.2 (1625-29) was never published.
'The Probate Act Books of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury exist in an almost unbroken series from the year 1526, and are of great value to Antiquarians...they afford a means of obtaining a list of the Wills, Registered and Unregistered, in the Principal Court of Probate, more complete even than the Official Calendars themselves...'
The abstract volumes include indexes of stray names and of places (the places index not included in Commonwealth Abstracts, Vol.3), including English and Welsh counties. Although the entries are largely drawn from the southern province of Canterbury, 'the Wills of persons resident in the Province of York, in Scotland, Ireland, the sometime American Colonies, and elsewhere, have been registered there, when the necessary grants of Probate have been made for the administration of property lying within the Province of Canterbury.' The 1620-24 volume does not include indexes. THIS IS A LARGE AND HEAVY BOOK WHICH WILL INCUR SHIPPING COSTS ABOVE THE DEFAULT RATE QUOTED BY A.B.E. OUTSIDE THE U.K., PLEASE CONTACT US DIRECTLY IF YOU WOULD LIKE A QUOTE FOR POSTAGE BEFORE ORDERING.

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