Fear and Distrust of Charles II [Cecil, William, Lord Burghley (1520-1598)]. [Bluet, Thomas]. [Sergeant, John (1622-1707)]. A Collection of Several Treatises Concerning the Reasons and Occasions of the Penal Laws. Viz. I. The Execution of Justice in England, Not for Religion, But for Treason: 17 Dec. 1583. II. Important Considerations, By the Secular Priests: Printed A.D. 1601. III. The Jesuits Reasons Unreasonable: 1662. London: Printed for Richard Royston, 1675. , 104, 109-13 [i.e. 131] pp. The Jesuits Reasons has separate title page dated 1662. Quarto (7" x 5-1/4"). Later three-quarter morocco over marbled boards, gilt title to spine. Moderate rubbing to extremities, lighter rubbing to boards, final three leaves of text loose (but secure), bottom edge of The Jesuits Reasons trimmed with some loss to text. Moderate toning to text, occasional faint dampspotting, smudges and minor inkstains to a few leaves. A solid copy. $750. * First edition. This volume was assembled at a time when Charles II was arousing fear and distrust due to his increasingly overt support of Catholicism. Its title alludes to the Royal Declaration of Indulgence (1673), an unsuccessful attempt by the king to abolish the Penal Laws, thus extending religious liberty and civil rights to Protestant nonconformists and Roman Catholics. The first treatise, by William Cecil, Lord Burghley, was originally published in 1583 as The Execution of Iustice in England. The second treatise, by Thomas Bluet, was first published in 1601 as Important Considerations Which Ought to Move All True and Sound Catholikes. The third treatise, by John Sergeant, was originally published in 1662 as The Jesuite's Reasons Unreasonable. OCLC locates 9 copies in North American law libraries (Columbia, Harvard, Library of Congress, Northwestern, UC-Berkeley, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia). English Short-Title Catalogue R11022.
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