Selden Defines the Judicial Power of the House of Lords Selden, John [1584-1654]. The Priviledges of the Baronage of England, When They Sit in Parliament. Collected (And of Late Revised) by John Selden of the Inner Temple Esquire Out of the Parliament Rolles, And Journalls Patent, And Close Rolls; The Crowne Rolls, The Proceedings of the English Courts at Westminster, The Register of the Arch-Bishop of Canterbury, And the Delegates Yeare-Bookes, Of the Common Law, Statutes & Other Good Authorities, And in Such Sort that Frequently the Words of the Chiefest Testimonies are Transcribed, Least the Freedome of the Readers Iudgement Might be Other Wayes Prevented by Short Collections. The Recitalls of the French Records in the 4th. Chap. Also Newly Translated into English for the Benefit of Others, As Well as the Students of the Lawes of England. London: Printed by T. Badger for Matthew Wallbanck, 1642. [viii], 167,  pp. First leaf, a blank, replaced. Octavo (5-3/4" x 3-3/4"). Recent period-style calf, raised bands and lettering piece to spine, endpapers renewed. Negligible light rubbing to extremities, moderate toning to text, somewhat heavier in places. A handsome copy. $350. * First edition. Selden's Priviledges was commissioned by the House of Lords to define its rights during a period of mounting tension between the king and Parliament. A work that angered the king, it asserted the House of Lords's power of judicature and provided historical grounds for such "special rights" as freedom from lawsuits during the sitting of Parliament. A second edition was published in 1689. English Short-Title Catalogue R10915.
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