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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:
Hargrave, Francis
Title:
Collectanea Juridica. Consisting of Tracts Relative to the Law and Constitution of England. Two Volumes [complete] [with the "A Register of Law Publications" of 32 and 26 pages in the first and second volumes, respectively, not found in all sets]
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Holdsworth termed Hargrave's "principal service to legal history", a rich and diverse selection of forty previously unpublished tracts from his extraordinary collection ultimately purchased and deposited in the British Library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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
Hale, Matthew
Title:
The Jurisdiction of the Lords House, or Parliament, Considered According to Antient Records. To Which is Prefixed by . . . Francis Hargrave, Esq. an Introductory Preface, Including a Narrative of the Same Jurisdiction from the Accession of James the First
Publisher:
Printed for T. Cadell, Jun. and W. Davies . . . in the Strand, London, 1796.
Description:
Sole edition of Hale's principal contribution to English constitutional law, praised by Maitland and Holdsworth ("a striking testimony to Hale's mastery of records"), proposing what were to become the modern judicial powers of the House of Lords
Condition:
Modern 3/4 calf over marbled boards, well preserved with notations and markings principally in lightish pencil throughout; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79393
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
Parliament, House of Lords, English constitutional law
Author:
Title:
Anno Primo Henrici Octaui . . . at his parliament holden at Westminster . . . hath do to be ordeined, made, and enacted certaine statutes and ordinaunces in maner & fourme folowyng [1510]. S.T.C. 9360.5 [including this copy]; Beale S114
Publisher:
Imprinted at London in Fletestrete by Thomas Powell, London, 1563?.
Description:
The acts of Henry VIII's first parliament, strengthening the rule of law by condemning the actions of Empson and Dudley in Henry VII's reign [c.12] and repealing the trial of non-capital statutory offences upon information without indictment [c.6]
Condition:
Modern unlettered cloth, rubbed and somewhat worn, a good copy with ample margins and the bookplate of Edwin Freshfield; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79308
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
Acts, Religion, criminal law, 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:
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:
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:
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:
Title:
The Proceedings and Tryal [of the Seven Bishops] [with] Atkyns, An Inquiry into the Power of Dispensing with Penal Statutes [with] Atkyns, The Power, Jurisdiction and Priviledge of Parliament [with] Langhorne, King's Right in Dispensing with The Penal Laws
Publisher:
Imprints vary; Wing S564, A4138, A4141, and L396, all folios, London, 1687-89.
Description:
Four works central to English constitutional law and the Glorius Revolution, establishing the right of Parliament to legislate without subsequent Royal derogation and strengthening the power of the jury as the ultimate constitutional arbiter
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rebacked, with the portrait and two advertising leaves (one repaired), generally clean and well preserved; the Taussig copies
Book No.:
W-79360
Price:
$ 1000.00
Category:
trials, English constitutional law, Religion
Author:
Title:
Divers of the Members of the Parliaments in the Reign of the late King Charles the Second, and the Aldermen and Common Council of the City of London, pursuant to His Highness the Prince of Orange's Desire, meeting . . . 26th December 1688. Wing D1708
Publisher:
Printed by John Starkey, Awnsham and William Churchill [etc.], London, 1688.
Description:
The meeting at which William sought advice on achieving his Declaration of Reasons, leading to his and Mary's acceptance of the Declaration of Rights on February 13, 1689, "mark[ing] the end of the most critical phase of the Glorious Revolution"
Condition:
?Original self wraps, disbound, some browning and staining, else sound with untrimmed margins, measuring about 8x12 inches, four pages; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79511
Price:
$ 1250.00
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:
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:
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:
Title:
The Kings Maiesties Speech, as it was deliuered by him in the vpper house of the Parliament . . . On Munday the 19 day of March 1603. being the first day of this present Parliament, and the first Parliament of his Maiesties Raigne. S.T.C. 14390.3
Publisher:
Imprinted at London by Robert Barker [etc.], London, 1604.
Description:
James I's initial parliamentary speech, foretelling the issues to figure large during his reign, "disclos[ing] at once the wide gulf fixed between the royal policy and public opinion", with a focus on religion, both on Roman Catholics and on Puritans
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, gilt, light browning, with the initial blank (somewhat dusty and marked, as is the last blank); the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79477
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
Parliament, Religion, English constitutional law
Author:
Hargrave, Francis
Title:
Collectanea Juridica. Consisting of Tracts Relative to the Law and Constitution of England. Two Volumes [complete] [with the "A Register of Law Publications" of 32 and 26 pages in the first and second volumes, respectively, not found in all sets]
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:
Contemporary calf, much rubbed, joints just cracking but quite firm, labels lacking, else very clean and bright; the Taussig set
Book No.:
W-79486
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
English constitutional law, Star Chamber, Bibliography
Author:
Title:
By the King. A Proclamation declaring His Maiesties Royall Grace and Pleasure, to confirme to His Subiects their defectiue Estates in their Lands and Possessions, by His Commission lately renewed and enlarged to that purpose. S.T.C. 9043; cf. Steele 1703
Publisher:
Imprinted . . . by Robert Barker [etc.], London, 1635.
Description:
A rare printing of the final effort by Charles I, seemingly related to the Shipmoney crisis and the need for royal revenue, establishing a commission which, for fees paid, would cure defective titles; four copies in ESTC, none in North America
Condition:
Broadside measuring about 11x14 inches, browned, the bottom margin defective with loss to the imprint, else complete; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79503
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
Real Property, 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:
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:
Title:
By the King and Queen. A Proclamation . . . That all Persons being Protestants . . . in the Offices of Sheriffs, Justices of the Peace [and other offices] shall hold themselves continued in the said Offices [etc.]. Wing W2522; Steele I, 3964
Publisher:
Printed by John Starkey and Awnsham Churchill [etc.], London, 1689.
Description:
The proclamation given on Feb 14 1689, two days after the Houses of Parliament had agreed on a Declaration of Rights and the day following William and Mary being offered and accepting the crown--as "the first stage of the Revolution was complete"
Condition:
Broadside about 8x11 inches, one vertical fold, light browning, else well preserved, the variant with the factotum containing flowers; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79487
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
English constitutional law, Religion, sheriffs, justices of peace
Author:
Smith, Thomas
Title:
De Republica Anglorum. The maner of Governement or policie of the Realme of England, compiled by . . . Thomas Smyth Knight, Doctor of both the lawes, and one of the principal Secretaries vnto . . . King Edward . . . and Queene Elizabeth. S.T.C. 22858
Publisher:
Printed by Henrie Midleton for Gregorie Seton, anno Domini 1584, London, 1584.
Description:
Second edition of the first English treatise on comparative constitutional law, highly regarded by Maitland, who adjudged that the work "will be quoted and transcribed so long as men take any interest in the history of the English constitution"
Condition:
Modern 3/4 morocco, a trifle browned with a trace of marginal staining, headlines occasionally just shaved, with the Ehrman bookplate; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79418
Price:
$ 3500.00
Category:
English constitutional law, Comparative 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. 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:
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:
Tuesday the 27th of December 1659. Resolved, &c. That on the fifth day of January next, this House will take into Consideration the Cases of all absent Members [and seven other Proclamations]. Steele 3142; 3144; 3146; 3147; 3152; 3157; and 3159
Publisher:
Printed by John Streater [imprints vary], London, 1659-60.
Description:
Eight rare or uncommon proclamations documenting Parliament's actions during the tumultuous months when England faced a military takeover, avoided with the restoration of Charles II and "ensur[ing] the future of parliamentary government in England"
Condition:
Seven broadsides, each about 8x12 inches, some browning and irregularity, several with partial tears, but all textually complete; the Taussig copies
Book No.:
W-79345
Price:
$ 3500.00
Category:
English constitutional law, Parliament
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:
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:
Rushworth, John
Title:
Historical Collections of Private Passages of State. Weighty Matters in Law. Remarkable Proceedings in Five Parliaments. Beginning The Sixteenth Year of King James, Anno 1618 And ending the Fifth Year of King Charls, Anno 1629 [etc.]. Wing R2316A
Publisher:
Printed by Tho. Newcomb, for George Thomason [etc.], London, 1659.
Description:
First edition of the first part of Rushworth's monumental collection, a significant portion based on his shorthand notes, providing us with his amassing of materials for the all-important years from 1618 to 1629, including that of the 1628 Parliament
Condition:
Later cloth, worn, the front board detaching, without the final [17] pages, but with the marvelous double page map and frontispieces; a working copy
Book No.:
W-79467
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
English constitutional law, Parliament
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:
Fortescue, John
Title:
The Difference Between an Absolute and Limited Monarchy; As it more particularly regards the English Constitution . . . Faithfully Transcribed from the MS. Copy in the Bodleian Library . . . Published with some Remarks by John Fortescue-Aland [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed by W. Bowyer in White-Fryars, for E. Parker [etc.], London, 1714.
Description:
First edition of "the earliest constitutional treatise written in the English language", one of Fortescue's major works, written by him in the 1470's, its modern edition (by Charles Plummer) published under the title 'The Governance of England'
Condition:
Contemporary speckled, panelled, Cambridge style calf, the joints cracked and repaired, new endpapers, else clean and usable; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79331
Price:
$ 1100.00
Category:
15TH CENTURY, Comparative Law, English constitutional law, Parliament, political theory
Author:
Title:
Anno Regni Caroli . . . At the Parliament begun at Westminster the 18. day of Iune, Anno Dom. 1625. in the first yeere of the Reigne of our most gracious Souereigne Lord, Charles . . . And there continued [etc.]. S.T.C. 9509. Folio
Publisher:
Printed by Robert Barker, & John Bill [etc.], London, 1630 (1629).
Description:
One of only two contemporary printings of the legislation of Charles' first Parliament, its dissolution leading to the Petition of Right, "terminat[ing] the opening scene in the long tragedy that ended twenty-four years later upon the scaffold"
Condition:
Modern boards, some browning and staining, without the two subsidies acts and the first blank, else usable with good margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79475
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
Acts, Parliament, English constitutional law
Author:
Title:
His Maiesties Declaration, Touching his proceedings in the late Assemblie and Conuention of Parliament. S.T.C. 9241. Quarto [with the front blank signature "A" preceding the title]
Publisher:
Imprinted at London by Bonham Norton and Iohn Bill [etc.], London, 1622.
Description:
James I defence of his dissolution of the Parliament of 1621, Coke having had his books and papers seized and been imprisoned in the Tower, leading "to a constitutional confrontation with the king over [the Commons] privilege of free speech"
Condition:
Modern 1/4 green morocco over marbled boards, the spine very lightly faded, light browning, the top margin cut a bit close, yet crisp; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79536
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
Parliament, English constitutional law, freedom of speech
 
Author:
Bohun, William
Title:
Institutio Legalis: Or, An Introduction to the Study and Practice of the Laws of England . . . I. The Practice of the Court of King's Bench. II . . . of Common Pleas. III. The Nature of all Actions . . . IV. The Order and Method of Pleading. 3rd Edition
Publisher:
Printed by E. and R. Nutt, and R. Gosling [for five others], London, 1724.
Description:
The penultimate edition of the work which Holdsworth singles out of all the books "which set out to teach students the elements of the law of procedure and pleading", with its minute instructions for conducting litigation and for preparing a record
Condition:
Contemporary unlettered blind tooled and decorated calf, quite rubbed, joints cracking but holding, else very clean and bright; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79564
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
English constitutional law, introductory law, English Law, pleading

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