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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:
The Case of Insufficiency Discuss'd; Being the Proceedings at Large, Touching the Divorce between the Lady Frances Howard, and Robert Earl of Essex, upon a Bill of Complaint exhibited by the Countess against the Earl . . . for Impotency [etc.]. Straus p.217
Publisher:
Printed for E. Curll, at the Dial and Bible . . . in Fleet-street, London, 1711.
Description:
A sensational trial in English history, borrowing from Thomas Aquinas's doctrine that witchcraft could make a man selectively impotent and nullify a marriage, this early Curll printing of it part of his revolutionizing of English obscenity law
Condition:
Modern cloth-backed boards, gilt-lettered, a good tall copy, with the half-title
Book No.:
W-77782
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
divorce, obscenity, witchcraft
Author:
Hale, Matthew
Title:
Historia Placitorum Coronae. The History of the Pleas of the Crown . . . A New Edition . . . Together with an Abridgement of the Statutes Concerning Felonies Which Have Been Enacted Since the First Publication . . . by George Wilson [etc.]. Two Volumes
Publisher:
Printed for T. Payne, P. Uriel, [et al], London, 1778.
Description:
First octavo edition of the masterpiece of one of England's greatest judges and scholars of legal history, in Maitland's words "[n]o man of his age was better . . . equipped for the task [and] none had a wider or deeper knowledge of the materials"
Condition:
Contemporary calf, worn, two boards detached, spines varnished, else a sound working set, with the armorial bookplates of James Burrow in both volumes
Book No.:
W-78040
Price:
$ 250.00
Category:
criminal law, witchcraft, sheriffs, justices of peace, poor law
Author:
Hale, Matthew
Title:
Historia Placitorum Coronae. The History of the Pleas of the Crown . . . A New Edition . . . Together with an Abridgement of the Statutes Concerning Felonies Which Have Been Enacted Since the First Publication . . . by George Wilson [etc.]. Two Volumes
Publisher:
Printed for T. Payne, P. Uriel, [et al], London, 1778.
Description:
First octavo edition of the masterpiece of one of England's greatest judges and scholars of legal history, in Maitland's words "[n]o man of his age was better . . . equipped for the task [and] none had a wider or deeper knowledge of the materials"
Condition:
Contemporary calf, crimson morocco labels, gilt, rubbed, spines darkined, joints cracking, one front board detaching; a clean working set
Book No.:
W-79004
Price:
$ 225.00
Category:
criminal law, witchcraft, sheriffs, justices of peace, poor 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:
The Tryal of Thomas Colley . . . For the cruel and inhuman Murder of Ruth Osborne . . . by ducking her in Marlston-Mere . . . under Supposition of her being a Witch [together with the accounts of several other trials]
Publisher:
Printed for T. Brown in the Little Old Bailey [etc.], London, 1751.
Description:
First edition of a rare trial account arising from the last instance of the death in England of an accused witch, drowned by a lynch mob led by Thomas Colley, himself then convicted of the murder and executed; three copies in ESTC, none in England
Condition:
Original ?self-wraps, disbound, the imprint and lower margin shaved, one line sometimes lost (supplied in manuscript); a delicate but usable survival
Book No.:
W-76100
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
trials, witchcraft, criminal law
Author:
Hale, Matthew
Title:
History of the Common Law [etc.] [with] An Analysis of the Civil Part of the Law. The Fourth Edition
Publisher:
Printed by W. Strahan and M. Woodfall . . . for T. Cadell [etc.], London, 1779.
Description:
The best early edition of Hale's classic works, prepared by Charles Runnington who (in Holdsworth's words) "prefixed a life of Hale, and added very extensive notes"; Hale's 'Analysis', though not called for by the title page, is appended
Condition:
Modern cloth-backed marbled boards, a bit embrowned, but sound
Book No.:
W-66012
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
criminal law, witchcraft, sheriffs, justices of peace, poor law, English Law
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:
Hickes, George
Title:
The Spirit of Fanaticism: Exemplify'd in the Tryals of Mr. James Mitchel . . . and Major Thomas Weir . . . who was Burnt between Edinburgh and Leith April the 11th, 1670 . . . Written by an Advocate of the Civil Law of Scotland. Straus p.212
Publisher:
Printed for E. Curll, at the Dial and Bible [etc.], London, 1710.
Description:
First Curll edition of the account of the trial of Thomas Weir, "one of Scotland's most famous wizards", strangled and burned for witchcraft, incest with his sister (who was hanged) and stepdaughter, bestiality with mares and cows and adultery
Condition:
Early 1/4 black morocco over decorated boards, a portion of the spine lacking, some browning and foxing, a somewhat fragile but usable copy
Book No.:
W-76221
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
trials, criminal law, adultery, witchcraft, Gay and Lesbians, SCOTLAND
Author:
Title:
Anno III & IIII. Edwardi Sfxti [sic] [Sexti]. Actes made in the Session of this present Parlament . . . the iiii daye of Nouembre, in the thirde yere of the reigne of our moste dread Soueraigne Lorde Edward the vi [1549] [etc.]. S.T.C. 9431; Beale S229a
Publisher:
Imprinted at London by Richard Grafton [i.e. Richard Tottel], London, 1570?.
Description:
The second Tottel printing of the statutes of 3-4 Edward VI, a tumultuous year, with the passage of the first Riot Act [c.5], the inception of a public militia [c.5], and the outlawing of "phantasicall" prophecies [c.15]
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, light staining, mainly marginal, lacking leaf C2, not affecting the acts mentioned below; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79218
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
Acts, criminal law, law of slavery, military law, witchcraft
Author:
Title:
Anno Primo Edwardi Sexti. Statutes made in the Parlamente begon at Westminstre the fowerth daie of Nouembre [1547] . . . and from thens continued to the xxiiii daie of Decembre then next ensuing [etc.]. S.T.C. 9421.3; Beale S218
Publisher:
Excusum . . . in aedibus Richardi Graftoni [etc.], Londini, 1548 [1553?].
Description:
The rare acts of Edward VI's first Parliament, including "[t]he act . . . worthy of a special place in the history of treason", ameliorating Henry VIII's harsh legislation and abolishing witchcraft as a capital felony; this one of five copies in STC
Condition:
Modern 1/4 morocco over marbled boards, rubbed, some light staining and minor worming, with the bookplate of Edwin Freshfield; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79204
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
Acts, witchcraft, criminal law
Author:
Title:
Anno III & IIII. Edwardi Sexti. Actes made in the Session of this present parlament . . . the iiii daie of Nouembre, in the thirde yere of the reigne of our most dread Souuereigne Lorde Edward the vi [1549] [etc.]. S.T.C. 9430 [including this copy]
Publisher:
Imprinted at London by Rychard Grafton, London, 1553.
Description:
An early printing during a tumultuous year, Parliament enacting the first Riot Act [c.5], establishing a public militia [c.5], abolishing non-Church of England religious books and most images [c.10], and outlawing "phantasicall" prophecies [c.15]
Condition:
Modern 1/4 blue morocco over marbled boards, gilt lettered, very light browning, else well preserved with good margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79223
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
Acts, criminal law, law of slavery, military law, witchcraft
Author:
Title:
Anno Primo Edwardi Sexti. Statutes made in the Parlament begon at westminstr the fowerthe daye of Nouember [1547] . . . and from thence continued to the xxiiii daye of Decembre then next ensuyng [etc.]. S.T.C. 9421.6; Beale S220a
Publisher:
Excusum . . . in aedibus Richardi Graftoni [i.e. Richard Tottel], London, 1548 [1570?].
Description:
The acts of Edward VI's first Parliament, including "[t]he act . . . worthy of a special place in the history of treason", ameliorating Henry VIII's harsh legislation, enacting the two witnesses rule, and abolishing witchcraft as a capital felony
Condition:
Modern 1/4 morocco over marbled boards, minor (pinhole) worming, else quite clean with ample margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79208
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
Acts, witchcraft, criminal law

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