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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
Author:
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
Author:
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
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
Author:
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
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
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
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
Author:
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
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
Author:
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
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
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
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
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
 
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
 
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
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
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
Author:
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
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
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
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
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
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
 
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
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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