A Treatise Urging the Revival of Wales as a Principality Doddridge, Sir John [1555-1628]. The History of the Ancient and Moderne Estate of the Principality of Wales, Dutchy of Cornewall, And Earldome of Chester. Collected Out of the Records of the Tower of London, And Divers Ancient Authours. By Sir Iohn Dodridge Knight, Late One of His Maiesties Iudges in the Kings Bench. And by Himselfe Dedicated to King Iames of Ever Blessed Memory. London: Printed by Tho. Harper, For Godfrey Emondson, And Thomas Alchorne, 1630. [xvi], 142,  pp. Final leaf blank. Quarto (7" x 5-1/2"). Recent three-quarter morocco over cloth, blind fillets along edges of morocco, gilt title and fillets to spine, endpapers renewed. Some rubbing to extremities with light wear to spine ends and corners, recent owner bookplate to front pastedown. Moderate toning to text, faint dampspotting in a few places, light soiling to title page, a few faint early doodles to p. 142. A nice copy. $450. * First edition. Sir John Doddridge, or Dodderidge, a judge of King's Bench, was a formidably learned jurist who was both a common lawyer and a civilian who held a D.C.L. from Cambridge. His work is held in high esteem by Holdsworth. The History was written during the early part of the reign of James I to urge the revival of Wales as a principality. After a period of decline, the principality was abolished by Parliament in 1641. (It was revived during the Restoration before being finally abolished in 1689.) A second edition was published in 1714. English Short-Title Catalogue S109765.
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