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The Constitution and Laws of England Consider'd, London, 1701. William Pudsey.
The Constitution and Laws of England Consider'd, London, 1701.

The Constitution and Laws of England Consider'd, London, 1701.

Jefferson Owned a Copy P[udse]y, William. The Constitution and Laws of England Consider'd. London: Printed for Tim. Goodwin, 1701. [viii], 311, [1] pp. Includes one-page publisher catalogue. Octavo (7-1/2" x 4-3/4"). Contemporary paneled calf, rebacked in period style, diced-calf spine with raised bands and lettering piece, endpapers renewed, early hand-lettered title to fore-edge. Light rubbing to boards, moderate rubbing to board edges, corners worn. Moderate toning, faint dampspotting in places, several leaves at rear of text have faint dampstaining to their lower corners. $650. * Only edition. A broad-sided criticism of the various corruptions that have distorted the English Constitution. For many years, this work was ascribed to Sir William Petty [1620-1687], the English economist, scientist and philosopher. Little is known about William Pudsey. Probably a lawyer, he was wise to veil his identity, given the critical nature of his book. Jefferson kept a copy of his book at his library in Monticello. Sowerby, Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson 2708. English Short-Title Catalogue T31632.

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