Jefferson Owned a Copy P[udse]y, William. The Constitution and Laws of England Consider'd. London: Printed for Tim. Goodwin, 1701. [viii], 311,  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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