A Well-Respected Work on English Church Law Degge, Simon [1612-1704]. The Parsons Counsellor, With the Law of Tithes or Tithing. In Two Books. The First Sheweth, The Order Every Parson, Vicar, &c. Ought to Observe in Obtaining a Spiritual Preferment, And What Duties are Incumbent upon Him After the Taking the Same, And Many Other Things Necessary for Every Clergy-Man to Know and Observe. The Second Shews, In What Manner All Sorts of Tithes, Offerings, Mortuaries and Other Church-Duties are to be Paid, as Well in London as Elsewhere, And as Well by the Canon as Common and Statute-Laws, And in What Courts and Manner They May be Recovered, What Charges They are Subject to, And Many Other Things Concerning the Same, Necessary for clergy-men and all others to know. The second edition corrected, and Several New Chapters and Other Matters Inserted Through the Whole Book, With a Table, &c. London: Printed by the Assigns of Richard and Edward Atkins for Henry Twyford, 1677. [xxxii], 384, 383-408,  pp. Pagination irregular, text complete. Part II has separate title page. Octavo (6-1/2" x 4"). Contemporary calf, rebacked, blind rules to boards, raised bands and retained contemporary lettering piece to spine. Light rubbing to boards and extremities, corners bumped, hinges cracked. Moderate toning to text, final quarter of text has faint dampstaining to margins. $250. * Second, enlarged edition, first published in the previous year. There were four more editions to 1703 and an 1820 "7th edition, with great additions, by Charles Ellis." Holdsworth called this "a comprehensive and clearly written work (that) was very popular." Marvin cites this as a book of authority. Sir Simon Degge was a barrister and bencher of the Inner Temple, justice of the Welsh marches, and high sheriff of Derbyshire. This is his only published work. Holdsworth, History of English Law XII:602f. English Short-Title Catalogue R214458.
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