Selden's Historical Discourse Selden, John [1584-1654] Bacon, Nathaniel [1593-1660], Editor, Attributed Author. An Historical and Political Discourse of the Laws and Government of England, From the First Times to the End of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth. With a Vindication of the Ancient Way of Parliaments in England. Collected from Some Manuscript Notes of John Selden by Nathaniel Bacon of Grays Inn, Esquire. London: Printed for D. Browne and A. Millar, 1689. [xx], 203, ; 168, 167-188,  pp. Pagination irregular, text complete. Two parts, each with title page (dated 1682). First part preceded by general title page (dated 1689). Folio (13" x 8"). Contemporary mottled calf, blind panels to boards, raised bands to spine. A few minor nicks and scratches to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, small chip to head of spine, corners bumped and lightly worn, front hinge cracked, early armorial bookplate to front pastedown, front free pastedown and following leaf partially detached. Moderate toning to text, somewhat heavier in places, minor spark burns to a few leaves. An appealing copy. $500. * Fourth edition. Often attributed to Bacon, the Historical Discourse "is a sort of constitutional history of England, showing much knowledge of the development of the institutions, civil and ecclesiastical, and pervaded by a strong spirit of hostility to the claims of the royal prerogative and to hierarchical pretensions." (DNB). "The first edition having become so rare a second edition was secretly printed in 1672 which was suppressed. It was again secretly reprinted in 1682 and the publishers were prosecuted. The 1682 edition appears to have been reissued in 1689 with the 1682 imprint" (Sweet & Maxwell). Dictionary of National Biography I:836-837. Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 1:99(9). English Short-Title Catalogue R16514.
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