"The True English Constitution Vindicated" [Harbin, George]. The Hereditary Right of the Crown of England Asserted; the History of the Succession Since the Conquest Clear'd; And the True English Constitution Vindicated from the Misrepresentations of Dr. Higden's View and Defence. Wherein Some Mistakes also of Our Common Historians are Rectify'd; And Several Particulars Relating to the Succession, And to the Title of the House of Suffolk, Are now First Publish'd from Ancient Records and Original MSS; Together with an Authentick Copy of King Henry VIII.'s Will. By a Gentleman. London: Printed for Richard Smith, At Bishop Beveridge's Head in Pater-Noster-Row, 1713. [viii], 274; lxiii,  pp. Includes five-page publisher catalogue. Folio (12-1/2" x 7-1/2"). Contemporary paneled calf, rebacked retaining existing spine, corners mended, endpapers renewed. Light rubbing and some minor scratches and tiny scuffs to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, corners bumped. Moderate toning, somewhat heavier in places, faint dampstaining to margins, some chipping to margins of final five leaves. A handsome copy. $850. * Only edition, one of two issues from 1713. This vigorous argument in support of the restoration of the Stuart succession is a reply to the pro-Hanoverian argument advanced in William Higden's A Defence of The View of the English Constitution with Respect to the Sovereign Authority of the Prince, And the Allegiance of the Subject (1710). George Ridpath replied to Harbin with a defense of Higden titled Parliamentary Right Maintain'd or the Hanover Succession Justify'd (1714). Some sources attribute Harbin's book to Hilkiah Bedford, who probably edited it and saw it through the press, and, erroneously, to Charles Leslie. English Short-Title Catalogue N17449.
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