"The Earliest Accurate Reports of the Proceedings of Parliament": PMM [Great Britain]. [Parliament]. Cobbett, William [1763-1835], Editor. Cobbett's Parliamentary Debates [1803-1819]. London: Printed by Cox and Baylis [and Others, Primarily T.C. Hansard], 1804-1820. 40 of 41 Volumes, Lacking Volume 35. Octavo (9-1/4" x 5-3/4"). Contemporary three-quarter calf over paper-covered boards, gilt fillets and titles to spines, spines of Volumes 10, 27 and 30 rebacked with recent cloth. Moderate to heavy shelfwear with chipping to spines, corners bumped and somewhat worn, several joints and hinges cracked or starting, a few boards loose. Light toning to texts, somewhat heavier in places, occasional light foxing. Ex-law school library. Location labels to spines, bookplates, card pockets and stamps to preliminaries and rear endleaves. $995. * First Series, first edition. Known as Hansard's Debates, after the name of the publisher from 1812 onwards, Cobbett's were the "earliest accurate reports of the proceedings in Parliament.... [They] set a new standard for fidelity to the actual speeches. Like his predecessors, Cobbett was forced to make a patchwork from speakers' notes and newspaper reports, but, despite his own prejudices, he differed from them in his zeal to be accurate, whereas fine writing or party advocacy had earlier been the rule.": Carter and Muir, Printing and the Mind of Man (Second Edition) 268.
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