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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:
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:
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:
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 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:
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 Wrest Park bookplate; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78907
Price:
$ 4500.00
Category:
Acts, Parliament, Intellectual Property, patents, witchcraft
Author:
Derham, Robert
Title:
A Manuell or, Briefe Treatise of some particular Rights and Priviledges belonging to the High Court of Parliament . . . The true condition of the Militia of this Kingdome . . . by the Positive Lawes discussed and debated [etc.]. Wing D1097
Publisher:
Printed for Mathew Walbancke at Graies-Inne Gate, London, 1647.
Description:
A very early work on the English militia, written in the context of the constitutional struggle between Charles I and Parliament over its control, "pav[ing] the way to Civil War"; with an extensive treatment of the militia's centuries' long roles
Condition:
Later calf, the upper margin of the title trimmed just affecting the horizontal rule, else very clean, with the Woodhouse bookplate; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79754
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
military law, Parliament
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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 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:
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:
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:
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:
The Priviledges and Practice of Parliaments in England. Collected out of the Common Lawes of this Land. Seene and allowed by the Learned in the Lawes. Commended To the High Court of Parliament now Assembled. S.T.C. 7749 ["Tranquillitie" setting]. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed [by B. Alsop and T. Fawcett] 1628, London, 1628.
Description:
First printing (one of two settings) of a tract which appeared during transforming events over much of the course of the century, followed by printings in 1640, 1641 and 1680; with comparisons and contrasts drawn from France and Germany
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf gilt lettered, some browning, a trace of marginal worming, without the first blank, the top margin cut close, sound; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79987
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
Parliament, FRANCE, GERMANY, English constitutional law
 
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:
Prynne, William
Title:
Minors No Senators. Or A Briefe Discourse, proving, That Infants under the Age of 21 yeares are uncapable, in point of Law, of being Members of Parliament, and that the Elections of any such are meere Nullities [etc.]. Wing P4008. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed at London, Anno 1646, London, 1646.
Description:
First edition of this tract by Prynne, whom Maitland called "an heroic figure", following hard on the heels of his contretemps with Lilburne and finding Prynne "[f]oremost among the Erastian pamphleteers" in the three-way battle for Parliament
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, light browning, the margins cut close (one catchword affected), else quite crisp; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79900
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
infants, Parliament
 
Author:
Title:
Anno Regni Jacobi II . . . Primo. At the Parliament begun at Westminster the Nineteenth Day of May, Anno Dom. 1685. in the First Year of the Reign of Our Most Gracious Sovereign Lord James [etc.]. ESTC 228908 and 215404
Publisher:
Printed by the Assigns of John Bill deceas'd [and two others], London, 1685.
Description:
A seemingly previously unrecognized variant printing of the acts of the sole parliament of James II, combining the first edition of the table with the acts themselves, including that [c.2] attainting the Duke of Monmouth for high treason
Condition:
Contemporary calf, the spine elaborately gilt, the boards somewhat scarred, else well preserved with generous margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79885
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
Acts, criminal law, 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:
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:
Title:
His Majesties Most Gracious Speech, Together with the Lord Chancellors, To the Two Houses of Parliament, at Their Prorogation, On Monday the Nineteenth of May, 1662. Wing C3170. Folio
Publisher:
Printed, by John Bill and Christopher Barker [etc.], London, 1662.
Description:
The speeches which evidenced Charles II's failure to achieve a measure of religious toleration, with the first session of the Cavalier Parliament prorogued and Machiavelli invoked ("an Author much studied . . . in this Kingdom") as a warning
Condition:
?Original printed self wraps, disbound, definite browning, sound and usable, 23 pages; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79875
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
ENGLAND, Parliament, Religion, ITALY, political theory
Author:
Parker, Henry
Title:
The Case of Shipmony briefly discoursed, According to the Grounds of Law, Policy, and Conscience. And Most Humbly Presented to the Censure and Correction of the High Court of Parliament, Nov. 3 1640. S.T.C. 19215. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed [by Thomas Harper] anno Dom. 1640, London, 1640.
Description:
The tract by the Lincoln's Inn barrister "occupy[ing] a special place in the history of English political thought", arguing in support of a Parliamentary sovereignty which, if limited, clearly contrasted with claims of an absolute royal prerogative
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, gilt ruled and lettered, very clean with excellent margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79782
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
English constitutional law, Parliament
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:
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:
To the Kings most Excellent Majesty, and the Lords and Peeres now assembled in Parliament. The Humble Petition and Protestation of all the Bishops and Prelates now called by His Majesties Writts to attend the Parliament [etc.]. Not in Wing; ESTC R226217
Publisher:
Printed for Joseph Hunscutt, London, 1642.
Description:
The rare broadside whose contents formed the basis of high treason charges brought against the bishops for "subvert[ing] the fundamental laws of the kingdom", thereby contributing in part to the outbreak of England's civil war; one copy in ESTC
Condition:
Broadside measuring about 9 1/2 x 13 inches, lightly browned, some chips and tears, top left margin trimmed, but legibility preserved; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79671
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
Broadside, legal ephemera, Ecclesiastical Law, Parliament, English constitutional law, criminal law
 
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 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:
Anno Regni Caroli II . . . Decimo Quinto. At the Parliament begun at Westminster the Eight day of May, Anno Dom. 1661 . . . And there continued . . .in the 15th year . . . And thence Prorogued to the 16th of March then next following. Not in Wing or ESTC
Publisher:
Printed by John Bill and Christopher Barker [etc.], London, 1663.
Description:
The acts of the Cavalier Parliament's second session, including the act explaining the Act of Uniformity [c.1] and the 1663 Navigation Act [c.7], part of the legislation "form[ing] the basis for . . . British overseas trade for nearly 200 years"
Condition:
Modern calf, morocco label gilt, some browning, else quite sound, fourteen public and twelve public acts, with the table, 312 pages; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79983
Price:
$ 950.00
Category:
Acts, Parliament, Commercial Law, international 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:
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:
Lambard, William
Title:
Archeion, or, A Discourse Upon the High Courts of Justice in England . . . Newly Corrected, and enlarged according to the Authors Copie. S.T.C. 15144
Publisher:
Printed by E. P[urslow] for Henry Seile [etc.], London, 1635.
Description:
The work which led Lambard to be called "the prince of legal antiquaries" and one of the few contemporary examples of a constitutional analysis of the English courts, with substantial portions devoted to Star Chamber and to Parliament, respectively
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, rubbed, rebacked, Daniel Fleming's copy with his signature, ?shelf-mark, and ?his occasional notation, crisp; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79784
Price:
$ 950.00
Category:
courts, Star Chamber, Parliament
Author:
Davies, John
Title:
The Question Concerning Impositions, Tonnage, Poundage, Prizage, Customs, &c. Fully stated and argued, from Reason, Law, and Policy. Dedicate To King James . . . By Sir John Davies, His then Majesties Attourney Generall. Wing D407A; Sowerby 2954
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 1/4 calf over marbled boards, tne binding somewhat strained, two ink blots on the title, some browning, usable and sound; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80054
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
international law, canon law, Parliament, Commercial Law
Author:
Title:
His Majesties Gracious Speech to the Lords & Commons, Together with the Lord Chancellor's, At the opening of the Parliament, On the 8th day of May, 1661. Wing C3017. Folio
Publisher:
Printed by John Bill and Christopher Barker [etc.], London, 1661.
Description:
The speech in which Charles II announces his proposed marriage to Catherine of Braganza, cementing England's relations with Portugal and France as against Spain, the potential religious conflict (Catherine a Roman Catholic) skilfully downplayed
Condition:
?Original self wraps, disbound, definite browning, the title's lower right blank corner torn away, else usable, with the final blank; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80070
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
Parliament, marriage, PORTUGAL, international law, FRANCE, SPAIN, Religion

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