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Author:
Wooddeson, Richard
Title:
A Brief Vindication of the Rights of the British Legislature; In Answer to Some Positions Advanced in a Pamphlet, Intitled, "Thoughts on the English Government, Letter the Second," [etc.] [with the half-title not noted in RLIN]
Publisher:
Printed by Luke Hansard . . . for T. Payne, at the Mews-Gate, London, 1799.
Description:
Only edition of the last work of Wooddeson, whose abilities have bracketed him with Blackstone, and who indeed held the Vinerian chair at Oxford as Blackstone did, "a remarkable production" responding to John Reeve's ultra-monarchist sentiments
Condition:
Modern wraps, a very little dusty, but a good clean copy; 41 pages
Book No.:
W-18133
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
Parliament
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:
Shower, Bartholomew]
Title:
Cases in Parliament Resolved and Adjudged, upon Petitions, and Writs of Error.
Publisher:
Printed for A. and J. Churchill, at the Black Swan [etc.], London, 1698.
Description:
First edition of the first reports of cases in the House of Lords, appearing when it had become the final court of appeal; the reports were found to be a breach of privilege, resulting in no further reports for almost a century
Condition:
Contemporary calf, front joint cracking, else quite desirable
Book No.:
W-16953
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
Parliament, reports of cases, Supreme Court
Author:
Davies, John
Title:
The Question Concerning Impositions, Tonnage, Poundage, Prizage, Customs . . . Fully stated and argued, from Reason, Law, and Policy [etc.]. Wing D407A
Publisher:
Printed by S.G. for Henry Twyford, in Vine-Court [etc.], London, 1656.
Description:
First edition of Davies' ingenious invocation of international law, the law merchant, and canon and civil law to buttress James I's sovereign claims to impose customs upon international trade absent Parliamentary agreement; with the advertising leaf
Condition:
Modern morocco, some foxing and browning, title and next leaf strained, occasional worming (mainly marginal), discreetly ex-library; a good copy
Book No.:
W-69957
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
international law, canon law, Parliament, Commercial Law
Author:
Holt, Francis Ludlow
Title:
The Law and Usage of Parliament, In Cases of Privilege and Contempt: Being an Attempt to Reduce Them within a Theory and System. Not in McCoy
Publisher:
Printed for W. Reed . . . and P. Phelan [etc.], London, 1810.
Description:
Original edition of Holt's first legal work, anticipating (and a special case of) his treatise on the law of libel, seeking to establish a theoretical system resolving the vexed and conflicting claims of Parliamentary privilege and contempt
Condition:
Modern marbled wraps, some browning, else a good usable copy
Book No.:
W-75226
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
freedom of speech, freedom of press, Parliament
Author:
Dugdale, William
Title:
A Perfect Copy of all Summons of the Nobility to the Great Councils and Parliaments of this Realm, from the XLIX [Year] of King Henry the III, Until these present Times. Wing D2491
Publisher:
Printed by S.R. for Robert Clavell at the Peacock [etc.], London, 1685.
Description:
The last work of Dugdale, of whom David Douglas observed that the "study of English medieval scholars between 1660 and 1730 should begin with his great and honoured name", beginning with the famed Parliament summoned in 1265; one of 700 copies
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rubbed and a little dusty, but a very good copy
Book No.:
W-60141
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
Inns of Court, Parliament
 
Author:
Gross, Charles
Title:
A Bibliography of British Municipal History including Gilds and Parliamentary Representation
Publisher:
Burt Franklin, New York, n.d..
Description:
Condition:
The facsimile reprint of the original 1897 edition
Book No.:
W-10165
Price:
$ 35.00
Category:
Bibliography, Parliament, Law Merchant
 
Author:
Wang, Chi Kao
Title:
Dissolution of the British Parliament, 1832-1931
Publisher:
Columbia University Press, New York, 1934.
Description:
Condition:
Book No.:
W-48071
Price:
$ 45.00
Category:
19TH CENTURY, Parliament
Author:
Cannon, Clarence
Title:
Cannon's Procedure in the House of Representatives. With Notes and Addenda by George Y. Harvey
Publisher:
Government Printing Office, Washington, 1951.
Description:
Seemingly Justice Douglas' copy of one of the two works of Cannon which became standard and which "exercised lasting influence over the workings of Congress", with the Justice's name, in gilt ("Justice Douglas") on the front cover
Condition:
Original morocco gilt, rubbed, ex-Library of Congress; a good copy
Book No.:
W-68790
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
Parliament, Supreme Court, Inscribed or Presentation Copy
Author:
Bentham, Jeremy
Title:
The Rationale of Reward
Publisher:
Published by John and H.L. Hunt, Tavistock Street, Covent Garden, London, 1825.
Description:
First edition in English of one of Bentham's earliest works (written before 1782), "important and original" in seeking to control behavior through rationally determined rewards, with particular application to the legislature and the courts
Condition:
Contemporary blind-tooled morocco, rebacked, a good copy; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-68769
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
jurisprudence, Parliament, courts
 
Author:
Jenyns, Soame
Title:
Thoughts on a Parliamentary Reform. The Second Edition [without the half-title]
Publisher:
Printed for J. Dodsley, in Pall Mall, London, 1784.
Description:
Jenyns' last work, written in the style which had won Burke's approval and whose contents were likely equally congenial, drawing on his almost 40 years as an MP, first proposing universal suffrage as the theoretically best reform, then debunking it
Condition:
Original self-wraps, disbound, stitching loosening; 26 pages
Book No.:
W-66923
Price:
$ 150.00
Category:
legal reform, Parliament
Author:
Title:
His Maiesties Speach in the Vpper House of Parliament, On Monday the 26 of March, 1621. S.T.C. 14399. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed by Bonham Norton and Iohn Bill [etc.], London, 1621.
Description:
James I's speech delivered to Parliament during the midst of Francis Bacon's impeachment, conceivably "a genuine expression of the King's feelings", but unquestionably in part leading to Bacon's downfall, imprisonment in the Tower, and enormous fine
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, gilt, the top margin cut close (legibility preserved), else crisp with the initial blank; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79478
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
Parliament
Author:
Title:
Anno Primo Henrici Octavi [1 Hen VIII] [21 Jan-23 Feb 1510] [through] Statutes made in the parliament, holden . . . in the xxxvii yere of the reigne of . . . Henry the eyght [37 Hen VIII] [23 Nov-24 Dec 1545] [with the Table]. Eighteen Volumes in One
Publisher:
Thomas Berthelet [13] and William Powell [5] [imprints vary], London, 1539-1562.
Description:
A complete collection of the legislation of the parliaments of Henry VIII (from 1510 to 1545), including the years of the Reformation Parliament, the break with Rome, the dissolution of the monasteries, and the establishment of the Anglican Church
Condition:
Contemporary blind panelled calf over wooden boards, rebacked, the original spine laid down, remains of clasps, exceptionally clean; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79347
Price:
$ 20000.00
Category:
Acts, Parliament
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:
The Grand Concern of England Explained; in Several Proposals Offered to the Consideration of the Parliament. 1. For Payment of Publick Debts. 2. For Advancement and Encouragement of Trade. 3. For Raising the Rents of Lands [and XIII others]. Wing G1491
Publisher:
N.p., London, 1673.
Description:
A worthy series of proposed reforms, several legal, including courts to settle common disputes, transaction registers, and methods to prevent the "knavery of bankrupts", all providing illuminating, immediate detail of English social life and strife
Condition:
Early marbled wraps, somewhat faded and chipped, but quite sound and very crisp, without the first and last blanks; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78711
Price:
$ 1100.00
Category:
legal reform, Parliament, bankruptcy, Real Property
Author:
Title:
Anno Regni Annae Reginae Magnae Britanniae, Franciae, & Hiberniae, Sexto. At the Parliament Begun and Holden at Westminster the Twenty third Day of October, Anno Dom, 1707. In the Sixth Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lady Anne [etc.]. Folio
Publisher:
Printed by Charles Bill, and the Executrix of Thomas Newcomb, London, 1708.
Description:
The legislation enacted at the third session of Anne's first parliament, including the act (still partly in force) establishing the Protestant line of succession [c.7] and the regulation of foreign coins in America [c.30]; with the table of all acts
Condition:
Contemporary panelled mottled calf, rebacked, definite browning and foxing, else a good copy, with the signature of Thomas Lund, Mayor; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78836
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
Acts, Parliament, Religion, economics
 
Author:
Johnson, et al (eds.), Robert C.
Title:
Commons Debates 1628. Five Volumes [of six]
Publisher:
Yale University Press, New Haven, 1977-83.
Description:
Five (of six) volumes of the definitive edition of the debates and proceedings in the House of Commons in this historic Parliament, undertaken by the Yale Center for Parliamentary History; without volume five
Condition:
Original black cloth, gilt, a very good set
Book No.:
W-77649
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
17TH CENTURY, Parliament, Supreme Court
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:
Anno Primo Henrici Octavi [1 Hen VIII] [21 Jan-23 Feb 1510] [through] Statutes made in the parliament, holden . . . in the xxxvii yere of the reygne of . . . Henry the eyght [37 Hen VIII] [23 Nov-24 Dec 1545] [with the Table]. Eighteen Volumes [complete]
Publisher:
Thomas Berthelet [imprints vary], London, 1540-48.
Description:
A complete collection of the legislation of the parliaments of Henry VIII, spanning well over a quarter century from 1510 to 1545, including the years of the Reformation Parliament, the break with Rome, and the establishment of the Anglican Church
Condition:
Modern 3/4 crimson morocco, some staining and marking in the majority of the volumes, two leaves in facsimile, else clean; the Taussig copies
Book No.:
W-78645
Price:
$ 18000.00
Category:
Acts, Parliament
Author:
Ellis, Charles Thomas
Title:
Practical Remarks, and Precedents of Proceedings in Parliament; Comprising the Standing Orders of Both Houses . . . Relative to the Applying for, and Passing, Bills [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed by B'McMillan . . . Sold by Messrs. Brooke and Rider [&c], London, 1802.
Description:
First edition of a pioneering work, written by an Inner Templar thoroughly reviewing the process by which private bills are enacted in Parliament, focusing on several diverse subjects, including divorce, inclosure, turnpikes, bridges, and small debts
Condition:
Original boards, rebacked, printed paper label, a bit strained and a little foxing, else a good unsophisticated copy, untrimmed and partly uncut
Book No.:
W-76428
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
Parliament, Acts
Author:
Mortimer, Thomas
Title:
Lectures on the Elements of Commerce, Politics, and Finances; Intended as a Companion to Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England; And peculiarly calculated to qualify Young Noblemen and Gentlemen for . . . Parliamentary Business. Not in Eller
Publisher:
Printed by A. Strahan . . . for T.N. Longman and G. Rees [etc.], London, 1801.
Description:
Only edition of Mortimer's wide-ranging lectures, expressly dependent on Blackstone ("the many editions of that excellent work"), as well as John Selden and Lord Somers, and a host of continental writers, including Montesquieu and Pufendorf
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, some lightish foxing and browning, else a very good copy; with a ?supplied frontispiece portrait not noted in OCLC
Book No.:
W-76718
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
Commercial Law, English Law, Parliament
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 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:
Title:
A Bill . . . for granting an Aid and Contribution for the Prosecution of the War . . . by Granting certain Duties upon Income [with] A Bill [As Amended on Re-commitment] [with] Schedule to Income Duty Bill [with] A Bill . . . Extending [the first Act]
Publisher:
Ordered to be printed 8th December 1798 [and subsequent dates], London, 1798-99.
Description:
The rare bills establishing and extending the first legislation imposing direct taxation in Great Britain, Pitt's Income Tax Act of 1799 [39 Geo III c.13], as the country sought to finance the Napoleonic Wars, still the ancestor of today's tax regime
Condition:
Modern wraps somewhat strained, light browning, one blank margin torn away, the Taussig copies; two copies of the first, one of the other three, in ESTC
Book No.:
W-78190
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
taxation, Parliament
Author:
Title:
Ano Reg. Iacobi . . . At the Parliament begun and holden at Westminster . . . in the first yeere of the Raigne [with] the third yeere [with] the fourth yeere [with] the seventh year [with] the 21st yeere. S.T.C. 9500; 9502.5; 9505; 9506.5; 9507. Folio
Publisher:
Imprinted by Robert Barker [imprints vary], London, 1604-24.
Description:
A rare collection of the statutory compilations containing all the legislation enacted by Parliament during the reign of James I (save three subsidies), including the foundational acts concerning witchcraft (in 1604) and monopolies (in 1624)
Condition:
Contemporary calf, centered blind lozenges, rebacked, somewhat rubbed, else quite bright, with the Earl de Grey West Park bookplate; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78907
Price:
$ 4500.00
Category:
Acts, Parliament, Intellectual Property, patents, witchcraft
Author:
Forster?, Nathaniel
Title:
An Answer to a Pamphlet Entitled, "The Question Stated, Whether The Freeholders of Middlesex forfeited their Right by Voting for Mr. Wilkes at the last Election? In a Letter from a Member of Parliament to one of his Constituents" [etc.]. Not in Eller
Publisher:
Printed for James Fletcher [and two others] [etc.], London, 1769.
Description:
Part of the debate whether John Wilkes should sit in Parliament, the postscript possibly by 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:
Disbound, laid into modern marbled wraps, some foxing and the margins cut somewhat close, a sound copy; 38 pages, without the half title
Book No.:
W-77763
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
Parliament, Radicals
 
Author:
Title:
The Great Boke of Statutes [Part 5, 1-15 Henry VIII] [1510-1523] [through] Statutes made in the parliament . . . in the xxxvii yere of the reygne of . . . Henry the eyght [37 Hen VIII] [1545] [with the Table]. Sixteen Volumes [complete]
Publisher:
J. Rastell [1]; R. Redman [1]; T Berthelet [14] [imprints vary], London, 1530-1551.
Description:
A complete collection of the legislation of the parliaments of Henry VIII, most contemporary, one unique, and many rare, including those of the years of the Reformation Parliament, the break with Rome, and the establishment of the Anglican Church
Condition:
Contemporary blind panelled unlettered calf, repaired but sturdy and very clean, bookplate of Edward Shnayerson; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78959
Price:
$ 20000.00
Category:
Acts, Parliament
Author:
Title:
Anno xxiii Reginae. At this present Session of Parliament . . . the xvi day of Ianuarie, in the xxiii yeere of the reigne of . . . Lady Elizabeth [1581] . . . were enacted as followeth [etc.]. S.T.C. 9484 [including this copy]; not in Beale
Publisher:
Imprinted . . . by Christopher Barker [etc.], London, 1581.
Description:
First printing of this Parliament's acts, as religious tumult swirled through England, mass forbidden and attempts to convert subjects to Catholicism made treason [c.1], with seditious words punished by mutilation and seditious books with death [c.2]
Condition:
Modern 3/4 calf over marbled boards, the title darkened, trimmed, and spotted, without the subsidies and pardon (as often), sound; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79363
Price:
$ 1100.00
Category:
Acts, Parliament, Religion, freedom of speech, freedom of press
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:
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:
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:
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:
Hooker alias Vowell, John
Title:
The Order and vsage of the keeping of a Parlement in England, and the description of tholde and ancient cittie of Fxcester [sic] by Iohn Vovvel alias Hooker gentleman. S.T.C. 24886.7 [text] and 24887 [title and first leaf of dedication]
Publisher:
Printed by John Allde, and John Charlewood, London, 1575.
Description:
A rare work combining the first English translation of the medieval treatise on Parliament and its procedures with Hooker's own work, the first work by an MP on the same subject, and the first by an Englishman to champion the House of Commons
Condition:
Later elaborately blind-tooled calf, joints cracking but firm, with the arms and initials of Sir Mark Masterman Sykes; a very good copy
Book No.:
W-77549
Price:
$ 6000.00
Category:
Parliament
Author:
Title:
An Exact List of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal . . . Also a Compleat Alphabetical Double List of I. The Counties, Cities and Boroughs . . . II. The Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses . . . To which is added, The Trustees for Georgia [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed by E. Cave at St. John's Gate, London, 1734-35.
Description:
A rare list of those serving in Parliament, complemented by the names and places of abode of the trustees for the Georgia colony (established by Royal charter in 1732), including James Oglethorpe and the Earl of Egmont, and their commissioners
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, rubbed, neatly rebacked, the margins cut close, but legibility not affected, a good clean copy
Book No.:
W-76112
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
biography, Parliament, Georgia
Author:
Title:
Statutes made in the Parliamente . . . in the first yere of . . . Edward VI [with the statutes of 2 and 3 Edw VI, 3 and 4 Edw VI, 5 and 6 Edw VI, and 7 Edw VI]. Five Volumes. S.T.C. 9421, 9423, 9429.7, 9437.5, and 9440.2. Folio
Publisher:
[1, 2, and 3] Richard Grafton; [4 and 5] Richard Tottel, London, 1547-70.
Description:
A collection of all the legislation of Edward VI's five parliaments, spanning his entire reign from 1547 to 1553, including that abolishing witchcraft, producing the Anglican Church's first prayer book, and increasing protection to accused traitors
Condition:
Modern 1/4 and 3/4 differently colored calf and morocco, occasional staining and repairs, else quite clean with ample margins; the Taussig copies
Book No.:
W-78702
Price:
$ 5000.00
Category:
Acts, Parliament, witchcraft, criminal law, Ecclesiastical Law
Author:
Dowdeswell, William
Title:
The Sentiments of an English Freeholder, on the Late Decision of the Middlesex Election. Not in Eller. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed for J. Dodsley, in Pall-Maall, London, 1769.
Description:
Only edition of a pro-Wilkes tract, calling the "Case Considered" (attributed on occasion to Blackstone) "very full and very learned" but irrelevant, and concluding with an express citation to Blackstone's Commentaries in support of seating Wilkes
Condition:
Modern marbled wraps, very light browning, and the half-title somewhat dusty, else a very good copy; 60 pages
Book No.:
W-77788
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
Parliament, law of elections
Author:
Title:
Anno XVIII Reginae Elizabethe. At this present Session of Parliament by prorogation holden at Westminster the viii day of February, in the xviii yeer [1576] of . . . Lady Elizabeth . . . were enacted as followeth. S.T.C. 9481 [three copies]; not in Beale
Publisher:
Imprinted . . . . Richarde Iugge [etc.], London, 1575o.s..
Description:
A rare printing of this Parliament's acts, including the act [c.3] in theory providing work and relief to the able-bodied and threatening the shiftless with Houses of Correction (ala London's Bridewell), and so introducing "a comprehensive Poor Law"
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, quite stained, lacking the last three leaves, mainly marginal holes in other leaves, a working copy only
Book No.:
W-79369
Price:
$ 475.00
Category:
Acts, Parliament
Author:
Title:
Anno XXIII H. VIII. The kynge our soueraygne lorde Henry the eight . . . at the sessions of his highe Courte of parlyament . . . holden at westmister . . . in the xxiii yere of his moste noble reigne [1532] [etc.]. S.T.C. 9373; Beale S143. Folio
Publisher:
Imprynted at London in Fletestrete by Thomas Berthelet [etc.], London, 1538?.
Description:
A crucial session of the Reformation Parliament, one which (in G.R. Elton's words) "ushered in the full revolution which dominated the history of the 1530's", achieved the clergy's enforced submission, and removed the hope of a settlement with Rome
Condition:
Modern 3/4 mottled calf over marbled boards, a touch of marginal worming, light browning, else well preserved, five copies in ESTC; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78519
Price:
$ 2000.00
Category:
Acts, Parliament
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:
Anno Reg. Iacobi . . . At the Parliament begun and holden at Westminster the xix. day of March, in the first yeere of the Raigne [together with four further volumes of Parliamentary legislation of James I]. S.T.C. 9500.6, 9502.5, 9505, 9506 and 9507.5
Publisher:
Imprinted . . . by Robert Barker [imprints vary], London, 1604-24.
Description:
A rare collection of the statutory compilations containing all the legislation enacted by Parliament during the reign of James I (save three subsidies), including the foundational acts concerning witchcraft (in 1604) and monopolies (in 1624)
Condition:
Modern 1/4 and 3/4 calf over marbled boards, some browning, minor marginal worming, occasional early annotations, sound and usable; the Taussig copies
Book No.:
W-78439
Price:
$ 4000.00
Category:
Acts, witchcraft, patents, Parliament
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:
Title:
His Highness the Prince of Orange His Letter to the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, Assembled at Westminster, In this Present Convention, January 22 1688/9. [Number 1 of 4 printed, signed "Will.H.P. d' Orange"]. Wing W2358. Folio
Publisher:
Printed for James Partridge and Matthew Gillyflower, London, 1689.
Description:
William's letter sent on the day the Convention convened, urging the consideration of his Declaration and "to lay the Foundations of . . . your Laws, and Your Liberties", he and Mary then to accept the Declaration of Rights the following February 13
Condition:
Four pages, disbound, chip to the bottom edge and a small hole in the title (no text affected), light browning, else sound; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79561
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
English constitutional law, Parliament
Author:
Title:
The Address Of the Honourable the House of Commons: Presented to His Majesty On Thursday the 25th day of April, 1689. With His Majesty's Answer Thereunto. Wing E2514. Folio
Publisher:
Printed by Charles Bill, and Thomas Newcomb [etc.], London, 1689.
Description:
The official and sole London printing of the Commons address offering full support (with William's acceptance) for a declaration of war on France, following the arrival of James II from France in Ireland in mid-March, with war in fact declared May 7
Condition:
?Original self wraps, disbound, title (verso blank) plus two pages, three folds, one manuscript notation, clean with ample margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79605
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
Parliament, English Law, military law, IRELAND, FRANCE
Author:
Title:
The Duke of Norfolk's Case: With Reasons for Passing his Bill. Wing D2514
Publisher:
No publisher stated, London?, 1699?.
Description:
A rare part of a major Parliamentary divorce case, one involving England's premier dukedom (and two admitted adulterers), and possibly the first divorce bill in English history not first to pass through the ecclesiastical courts; four copies in ESTC
Condition:
Broadsheet measuring about 8x13 inches, browned, edges chipped and one margin strengthened, all legibility preserved; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79642
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
divorce, marriage, adultery, Acts, Parliament, Ecclesiastical Law
 
Author:
Title:
A Conference Desired by the Lords and Had by a Committee of both Houses, Concerning the Rights and Privileges of the Subjects. Discoursed by . . . Master Selden [and] Sir Edward Cooke. With the Objections . . . and the Answers. Wing E1284C
Publisher:
Printed by A.N. for Mathew Walbancke, and Richard Best [etc.], London, 1642.
Description:
The all-important first portion of the debates leading up to the Petition of Right, recording the arguments and authorities of Coke, Digges, Littleton, and Selden, Sir Robert Heath's objections as Attorney General, and their answers in response
Condition:
Modern 1/4 unlettered calf over marbled boards and edges, some browning and staining, but crisp with good margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79652
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
English constitutional law, Parliament

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