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Author:      Blackstone, William
Title:       The Case of the Late Election for the County of Middlesex,
             Considered On the Principles of the Constitution, and the
             Authorities of Law. Eller 231 [citing the University of Chicago
             Library copy of 48 pages, as here]. Quarto
Publisher:   Printed for T. Cadell (Successor to Mr. Millar) in the Strand,
             London, 1769.
Description: Blackstone's passionate invocation of the common law as the source
             of the House of Common's power to expel a member, and his
             principal contribution to English constitutional law outside the
             Commentaries; not seen by Eller and surprisingly uncommon
Condition:   Modern marbled stabbed wraps, light browning, the half-title a bit
             dusty, else a good, generously margined copy; 48 pages
Book No.:    W-77790                Price: $    2500.00
Category:    English constitutional law
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Title:       Anno Regni Gulielmi III. Regis Angliae, Scotiae, Franciae &
             Hiberniae Septimo [through] Anno Regni Gulielmi XII and XIII
             [etc.] Six Volumes. Folio
Publisher:   Printed by Charles Bill, London, 1696-1701.
Description: A substantial collection of the legislation of the parliaments of
             William III, including significant legislation on the Bank of
             England, coinage, the Poor Law, and, most importantly, the Act of
             Settlement, complementing the English Bill of Rights
Condition:   Five of the six volumes in contemporary calf, the sixth in modern
             1/4 calf, a few joints just cracking, but sturdy and usable; the
             Taussig copies
Book No.:    W-78761                Price: $    1500.00
Category:    Parliament, Acts, banks, poor law, legal reform, English constitutional law
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Title:       An Ordinance of Parliament, Concerning The Subsidie of Tonnage and
             Poundage [and ten other contemporary acts and related works on
             tonnage and poundage] [a complete list gladly provided]
Publisher:   Printed by T. Badger [etc.] [imprints vary], London, 1642-47.
Description: Eleven works, all but one rare, evidencing one of the foremost
             constitutional debates of the 17th century, as Parliament
             continued to circumscribe closely these two important subsidies to
             Charles I, not to be resolved finally until the Restoratation
Condition:   Contemporary unlettered sheep, quite rubbed, the margins cut close
             with some loss in the first work, legibility elsewhere preserved;
             the Taussig copy
Book No.:    W-78784                Price: $    1750.00
Category:    English constitutional law
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Author:      Bacon, Nathaniel
Title:       An Historical Discourse of the Uniformity of the Government of
             England . . . From the first Times till the Reigne of Edward the
             third [with] A Continuation . . . Until the end of the Reign of
             Queen Elizabeth. ?ESTC R473664 [not R8530 or R10585]
Publisher:   Printed for Matthew Walbancke at Grays-Inn-Gate [imprints vary],
             London, 1647 & 1651.
Description: A possibly unique printing of the work establishing the reputation
             of Bacon, Francis Bacon's half-brother, the constitutional history
             of England whose early publication was suppressed, leading to the
             still disputed claim of Selden's association
Condition:   Contemporary calf, rebacked, rubbed, the rear joint cracking but
             firm, else a good copy, with the bookplate of John Francis Neylan;
             the Taussig copy
Book No.:    W-78788                Price: $    1500.00
Category:    English constitutional law
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Title:       The Case of the Late Election for the County of Middlesex,
             Considered On the Principles of the Constitution, and the
             Authorities of Law. Compare Eller 231 [citing an unseen variant of
             48 pages, our copy the 44 page printing]; Laeuchli 539 [this
             variant]
Publisher:   Printed for T. Cadell (Successor to Mr. Millar) in the Strand,
             London, 1769.
Description: Part of the Wilkes controversy, invoking the common law as the
             source of the House of Common's power to expel a member, the
             "substantial work [which] has been credited to Jeremiah Dyson
             [and] Blackstone", its author now thought to be Owen Ruffhead
Condition:   Modern 3/4 calf over marbled boards, gilt, light browning, the
             margins cut somewhat close (no text affected), without the half
             title; the Taussig copy
Book No.:    W-78792                Price: $    1500.00
Category:    English constitutional law
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Author:      Bacon, Nathaniel
Title:       An Historical and Political Discourse of the Laws and Government
             of England, From the First Times to the End of the Reign of Queen
             Elizabeth. With A Vindication of the Antient Way of Parliaments .
             . . from some Manuscript Notes of John Selden. Wing S2428
Publisher:   Printed for John Starkey [etc.], London, 1689.
Description: The work establishing the reputation of Bacon, the half-brother of
             Francis Bacon, probably based on notes collected by John Selden,
             highly influential and "argu[ing] with unrelenting force an anti-
             royalist ideology of enormous political power"
Condition:   Contemporary speckled, panelled calf, rebacked, somewhat rubbed
             and scraped and some browning, mainly lightish, else a very good
             crisp copy
Book No.:    W-77069                Price: $     850.00
Category:    English constitutional law
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Author:
Title:       The Parliamentary Opinions of Lord Mansfield, Sir Dudley Ryder,
             Mr. Charles Yorke, Mr. William Beckford, &c. On the Choice of a
             Regency or Regent; with Other Discussions on That Interesting
             Question
Publisher:   Printed for John Stockdale, opposite Burlington-House, Piccadilly,
             London, 1788.
Description: Part of the debate during the mental incapacity of George III (no
             provision for succession having been made), publishing a series of
             arguments bruited when the 1751 Regency Bill, providing for his
             own succession while a minor, had been enacted
Condition:   Disbound, one leaf torn with loss of several words on its verso
             (but not the sense); 46 pages plus the advertising leaf
Book No.:    W-71544                Price: $     150.00
Category:    insanity, Parliament, English constitutional law
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Author:      Fortescue, John
Title:       A Learned commendation of the politique lawes of England: wherein
             by most pitthy reasons and evident demonstrations they are
             plainelye proved farre to excell aswell the Civile Lawes of the
             Empiere [etc.]. Beale T358; S.T.C. 11195
Publisher:   Imprinted . . . in Fletestrete . . . by Richarde Tottell [etc.],
             London, 1573.
Description: First reissue of the first English translation of a work placed
             "among the classics of English constitutional theory", written in
             the late 15th century, highly popular, and the first work to
             examine extensively trial by jury and the Inns of Court
Condition:   Contemporary blind panelled unlettered calf, rebacked, the
             original spine laid down, remains of ties, well-preserved with
             good margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:    W-78459                Price: $    4500.00
Category:    Inns of Court, political theory, juries
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Author:      Somers, John
Title:       A Brief History of the Succession, Collected out of the Records,
             and the Most Authentick Historians. Written for the Satisfaction
             of the Earl of H.[Halifax]. Wing S4638. Folio. [With line 5 of the
             title ending "and the"]
Publisher:   N.p., London, 1680.
Description: First edition of one of the earliest writings of the future Lord
             Chancellor, vigorously defending the right of Parliament to
             participate in determining royal succession, "review[ing] in
             detail the history of the crown's descent, from earliest times"
Condition:   Modern light-green wraps, definite browning, a bit of marginal
             fraying to the first leaf, else a good copy; 19 pages
Book No.:    W-76888                Price: $     350.00
Category:    Parliament, English constitutional law
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Title:       A Subsidy Granted to the King of Tonnage and Poundage [with] An
             Act For continuing the Excise 1660 [with] An Act For the present
             Nonimnating of Commissioners of Sewers [with] The Rates of
             Merchandise . . . Subsidy of Tonnage, Subsidy of Poundage [etc.]
Publisher:   Printed by John Bill and Christopher Barker [imprints vary],
             London, 1660.
Description: Three acts and a related work principally bearing upon a major
             constitutional debate of the seventeenth century, as Parliament
             granted Charles II two important subsidies for his life, two of
             the three acts located in one copy only in ESTC
Condition:   Contemporary mottled panelled calf, gilt, rebacked, bearing the
             Royal arms and manuscript paper label ("Inner 02-13"); the Taussig
             copy
Book No.:    W-78814                Price: $    1500.00
Category:    Acts, economics, English constitutional law
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Author:      Staunford, William
Title:       An Exposicion of the kinges prerogatiue collected out of the great
             abridgement of Iustice Fitzherbert and other old writers of the
             lawes of Englande . . . Whereunto is annexed the Proces to the
             same Prerogatiue appertaining. S.T.C. 23213; Beale T491. Quarto
Publisher:   Imprynted . . . in fleet strete . . . by Rychard Tottel [etc.],
             London, 1567.
Description: First edition of one of the first English legal treatises of
             substance to focus on a discrete subject area of the law, in this
             case the powers of the King upon such matters as marriage,
             wardship, idiots, lunatics, escheats and wrecks, among others
Condition:   Modern 1/4 morocco over marbled boards, definite staining
             throughout, moreso at the end, two leaves repaired with loss; a
             working copy
Book No.:    W-59198                Price: $    1250.00
Category:    English constitutional law
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Title:       A Subsidy Granted to the King, of Tonnage, and Poundage, and other
             Sums of Money, payable upon Merchandize Exported and Imported.
             Together with a Book of Rates [with] Rules and Instructions for
             the Tare of Goods & Merchandize [etc.]. Wing E2315 and E923A
Publisher:   Printed by Chr. Barker [and] Printed Anno Dom., London, 1661 &
             1663.
Description: Two rare works marking the evolution of one of the foremost
             constitutional debates of the seventeenth century, as Parliament
             granted Charles II these two important subsidies for his life, in
             contrast to the much circumscribed grants formerly made
Condition:   Contemporary unlettered calf, rubbed, rebacked, portions of the
             original spine laid down, the Taussig copy; three and two copies
             in ESTC respectively
Book No.:    W-78110                Price: $    1500.00
Category:    international law, maritime law, economics, English constitutional law
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Author:      Blackstone, William
Title:       Tracts, Chiefly Relating to the Antiquities and Laws of England.
             Third Edition. Eller 240; Lauechli 553
Publisher:   Printed at the Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1771.
Description: The most complete edition of Blackstone's legal essays, said in
             part to be responsible for his appointment as Solicitor General,
             and including his famed essay on (and text of) Magna Carta, "of
             the first importance for the constitutional lawyer"
Condition:   Contemporary calf, rebacked, the boards rubbed and marked, the
             first and last blanks somewhat foxed and dusty, else quite clean;
             the Taussig copy
Book No.:    W-78133                Price: $    1250.00
Category:    Family Law, jurisprudence, marriage, Magna Carta, English constitutional law
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Author:
Title:       The Proceedings and Tryal in the Case of . . . William Lord
             Archbishop of Canterbury [and the six other bishops] [with] The
             Tryals of Henry Cornish, Esq; for Conspiring the Death of the
             King, And raising a Rebellion [etc.]. Wing P3555A and T2250. Folio
Publisher:   [1] Printed for Thomas Basset [2] Printed . . . by George Croom,
             London, 1689 & 1685.
Description: First edition of one of the great cases of English law, confirming
             Parliament's right to legislate without subsequent Royal
             derogation, coupled with the trial of the London sheriff whose
             execution "secured his place in the pantheon of whig martyrs"
Condition:   Modern vellum slightly bowed, the title pages quite darkened, the
             portrait of the bishops trimmed and repaired, a working copy; with
             the errata slip
Book No.:    W-78150                Price: $     250.00
Category:    trials, English constitutional law, Religion
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Author:
Title:       A Vindication of the Right of Election against the Disabling Power
             of the House of Commons, Shewing That Power to Be Contrary to The
             Principles of the Constitution . . . and Not Warranted by The Law
             and Usage of Parliament [etc.]
Publisher:   Printed for G. Woodfall, at Charing-Cross [etc.], London, 1769.
Description: Only edition of a tract written during the height of the Wilkes
             controversy, acknowledging the authority of both Montesquieu and,
             particularly, Blackstone, whose "Commentaries" and his "Case of
             the Late Election" are cited on several occasions
Condition:   Modern gray stabbed wraps, ex-library, else a very good copy; 72
             pages
Book No.:    W-77510                Price: $     450.00
Category:    English constitutional law, Parliament, law of elections
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Author:      Somers, John, Lord
Title:       Jura Populi Anglicani: Or The Subject's Right of Petitioning Set
             forth. Occasioned by the Case of the Kentish Petitioners. With
             some Thoughts on the Reasons which induc'd those Gentlemen to
             Petition: And of the Commons Right of Imprisoning. Quarto
Publisher:   No Publisher, London, 1701.
Description: First edition (variant) of the classic argument in support of the
             fundamental right of the people to petition the King and
             Parliament, premised on natural law and Magna Carta, and
             attributed to Somers, the "architect of the [English] Bill of
             Rights"
Condition:   Modern 1/4 calf, some browning, the margins cut quite close, but
             all text legible, the Taussig copy; no copy in ESTC in a law
             library in this country
Book No.:    W-78188                Price: $     850.00
Category:    English constitutional law, Parliament, natural law, Magna Carta
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Author:      Petit-Dutaillis, Charles
Title:       Studies and Notes Supplementary to Stubbs' Constitutional History,
             Down to the Great Charter. Second edition
Publisher:   Manchester University Press, Manchester, 1911.
Description:
Condition:   Original black cloth, a bit worn and stained, but a sound copy
Book No.:    W-63497                Price: $      75.00
Category:    English constitutional law
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Author:      Trusler, John
Title:       A Summary of the Constitutional Law of England, Being an
             Abridgement of the Commentaries of Sir William Blackstone, Knt,
             One of the Justices of His Majesty's Court of Common Pleas. Not in
             Eller; Laeuchli 123
Publisher:   W. Sleater, No. 28, and W. Colles, No. 17, Dame-street, Dublin,
             1790.
Description: The only Irish edition of the first abridgment of Blackstone, the
             earliest of three abridgments to appear in the 18th century,
             designed "to make Blackstone's Commentaries useful to all Classes
             of People"; uncommon, three copies in ESTC in the USA
Condition:   Modern 1/4 leather over boards, somewhat rubbed and chafed, some
             browning, but sound, with the advertising leaf preceding the
             title; the Taussig copy
Book No.:    W-78935                Price: $     950.00
Category:    Abridgements, English constitutional law
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Author:      Hargrave, Francis
Title:       Collectanea Juridica. Consisting of Tracts Relative to the Law and
             Constitution of England. Two Volumes
Publisher:   Printed for E. and R. Brooke, Bell-Yard, Temple-Bar, London, 1791-
             92.
Description: One of two works which Holdsworth termed Hargrave's "principal
             service to legal history", a rich and diverse selection of forty
             previously unpublished tracts from his extraordinary collection
             ultimately purchased and deposited in the British Library
Condition:   Modern 1/4 calf, ex-library, with the ownership signature of Sir
             Robert Gifford, Baron Gifford, and the bookplate of Henry
             Bickersteth, Baron Langdale
Book No.:    W-74675                Price: $     850.00
Category:    English constitutional law
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Author:      Montagu, Basil
Title:       Essays [I. Thoughts upon the Punishment of Death II. Thoughts upon
             Liberty, and the Rights of Englishmen III. Thoughts upon the
             Conduct of the Understanding in the Discovery of Truth IV.
             Thoughts upon Imprisonment for Debt]
Publisher:   Printed for R. Hunter [and three others], London, 1824.
Description: First edition of the collected essays of Montagu, the Lincoln's
             Inn barrister, noted reformer, and close friend of Coleridge,
             Godwin, Wordsworth, and others, upon the four principal subjects
             for which he is known; with the map and folding tables
Condition:   Contemporary straight grained morocco, lightly rubbed and a trace
             of foxing, presentation copy "With B Montagus / affectionate
             regards / 24 Nov / 1824"
Book No.:    W-76624                Price: $     650.00
Category:    capital punishment, philosophy of law, Imprisonment for Debt, English constitutional law
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Title:       Brief Deductions Relative to the Aid and Supply of the Executive
             Power, According to the Law of England. In Cases of Infancy,
             Delirium, or Other Incapacity of the King. Second Edition
Publisher:   Printed for J. Debrett, London, 1788.
Description:
Condition:   Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards; a very nice, clean copy
Book No.:    W-47595                Price: $     500.00
Category:    insanity, English constitutional law
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Author:      Leach, John
Title:       The Speech of John Leach, Esq. M.P. In the Committee of the Whole
             House, upon the State of the Nation . . . upon the Question of
             Limitations to the Royal Authority in the Hands of the Regent.
             Second Edition
Publisher:   Printed for J. Ridgway, 170, Piccadilly [etc.], London, 1811.
Description: The rare edition of the historically grounded speech in which,
             following the madness of George III, Leach "distinguished himself
             in the Regency debates", reviewing from the 14th century forward
             the constitutional limits to be imposed upon a regency
Condition:   Modern cloth-backed marbled boards, occasional light marginal
             staining, else a very good copy, with the half-title; no copy in
             this country in OCLC
Book No.:    W-76397                Price: $     350.00
Category:    insanity, Parliament, English constitutional law
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Author:      De Lolme, Jean Louis
Title:       The Constitution of England; Or, an Account of the English
             Government: In Which It Is Compared, Both with the Republican Form
             of Government, and the other Monarchies of Europe [etc.]. Cohen
             2754 [mis-citing the Evans number, which is Evans 24263]
Publisher:   Printed by Hodge & Campbell, and Sold at Their . . . Book-Stores,
             New-York, 1792.
Description: Only American edition of a classic treatment of the English
             constitution and of comparative constitutional law, said to have
             prompted Bentham's remark that "Our Author [Blackstone] has
             copied: but Mr. de L'olme has thought"
Condition:   Contemporary mottled sheep, rubbed, joints cracking, yet an
             appealing copy
Book No.:    W-64240                Price: $     650.00
Category:    ENGLAND, Comparative Law
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Author:      Prynne, William
Title:       A Plea for the Lords, and House of Peers: Or, A full, necessary,
             seasonable, enlarged Vindication, of the just, antient hereditary
             Right of the Lords, Peers, and Barons of this Realm to sit, vote,
             judge in all the Parliamemts [sic] of England. Wing P4034
Publisher:   Printed for the Author, London, 1658.
Description: The tract first published in 1648, attacking the rising political
             power of the Levellers, here much expanded a decade later as
             Cromwell established a House of Lords, confirming both Prynne's
             enormous legal knowledge and his controversialist talents
Condition:   Contemporary mottled calf, mottled edges, especially crisp and
             appealing, once the copy of John Evelyn, with the modern
             booksticker; the Taussig copy
Book No.:    W-78360                Price: $    1250.00
Category:    Parliament, English constitutional law
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Author:      Meredith, William
Title:       Letter to Dr. Blackstone, By the Author of the Question Stated. To
             which is prefixed, Dr. Blackstone's Letter to Sir William
             Meredith. Eller 259
Publisher:   Printed for G. Woodfall, Charing Cross [etc.], London, 1770.
Description: Part of the debate whether John Wilkes should sit in Parliament,
             and most embarrassing for Blackstone, accused of saying one thing
             in his 'Commentaries' and another as a Member of Parliament, in
             Ian Doolittle's words "caught leaden-footed in debate"
Condition:   Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, a very good crisp copy; with
             the half-title
Book No.:    W-77718                Price: $     750.00
Category:    law of elections, English constitutional law
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Author:      Blackstone, William
Title:       The Case of the Late Election for the County of Middlesex,
             Considered On the Principles of the Constitution, and the
             Authorities of Law. Not separately listed in Eller, who also does
             not list the London variant printings of 1769; compare Eller 231.
             Quarto
Publisher:   Printed for T. Cadell (Successor to Mr. Millar) in the Strand,
             London, 1769.
Description: Blackstone's passionate invocation of the common law as the source
             of the House of Common's power to expel a member, and his
             principal contribution to English constitutional law outside the
             Commentaries; not seen by Eller and surprisingly uncommon
Condition:   Modern calf, very light browning, a good, wide-margined copy, with
             the half-title; 44 pages
Book No.:    W-67958                Price: $    2500.00
Category:    English constitutional law
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Author:      Somers, John, Lord
Title:       A Guide to the Knowledge of the Rights and Privileges of
             Englishmen. Containing . . . Magna Charta, with Remarks thereon .
             . . The Habeas Corpus Act . . . The Bill of Rights . . . To which
             is added, [John Somers] The Security of Englishmens Lives [etc.]
Publisher:   Printed for J. Scott, at the Black Swan in Pater-noster-Row,
             London, 1757.
Description: One of the principal works of Somers, "the embodiment of the
             perfect Whig" in Holdsworth's words, and "a master of legal
             principles [and] of presenting them in a lucid form", with the
             glossed landmarks of English constitutional law prefacing its text
Condition:   Contemporary sheep, quite rubbed, rebacked, with the errata pasted
             down on the verso of the title; a clean usable copy
Book No.:    W-79137                Price: $    1250.00
Category:    Magna Carta, English constitutional law, habeas corpus, English Law
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Author:      Fortescue, John
Title:       A Learned Commendation of the politique Lawes of England: wherein,
             by most pithie reasons and euident demonstrations, they are
             plainely proued farre to excell . . . the Ciuil Lawes of the
             Empire [and] all other Lawes of the World [etc.]. S.T.C. 11196
Publisher:   Printed by Thomas Wight, and Bonham Norton, London, 1599.
Description: Second reissue of the first English translation of a work placed
             "among the classics of English constitutional theory", written in
             the late 15th century, highly popular, and the first work to
             examine extensively trial by jury and the Inns of Court
Condition:   Contemporary sheep, rubbed, with the signature of Edmund Prideaux
             [?Cromwell's Attorney General], a very good copy with ample
             margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:    W-79146                Price: $    2500.00
Category:    Inns of Court, political theory, juries
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Author:      Gilbert, Geoffrey
Title:       The History and Practice of Civil Actions, Particularly in the
             Court of Common Pleas, Being An Historical Account of the Parts
             and Order of Judicial Proceedings . . . With an Introduction, on
             the Constitution of England.  The Third Edition
Publisher:   Printed by his Majesty's Law Printers For P. Uriel [etc.], London,
             1779.
Description: A work praised by John Baker, Holdsworth, and Blackstone, the last
             terming it "a book of a very different stamp [written] in a most
             clear and ingenious manner", with a prefatory account of the
             English constitution, beginnng with Alfred the Great
Condition:   Contemporary polished calf, crimson morocco label, gilt, light
             browning, else especially well preserved and attractive; the
             Taussig copy
Book No.:    W-79166                Price: $     750.00
Category:    pleading, English constitutional law
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Author:      Fortescue, John
Title:       Prenobilis Militis, Cognomento For[t]escu, qui temporibus Henrici
             sexti floruit, de politica administratione, et legibus ciuilibus
             florentissimi regni Anglie, commentarius. S.T.C. 11193; Beale T356
Publisher:   Typis E. Whitechurche, et veneunt in aedibus H. Smyth [etc.],
             London, 1543?.
Description: First edition of the work better known to us as Fortescue's 'De
             Laudibus Legum Angliae', placed "among the classics of English
             constitutional theory" and the first work to elucidate the nature
             of the Inns of Court and that of trial by jury
Condition:   Later calf, gilt, lightly rubbed, neatly repaired, extensive early
             English translations (from Mulcaster) in the margins; the Taussig
             copy
Book No.:    W-79156                Price: $    8500.00
Category:    political theory, English constitutional law, Inns of Court, juries
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