Issued on the Eve of the Revolution Somers (Sommers), Lord [John] [1651-1716], Attributed. Defoe, Daniel [1661?-1731], Attributed. Dunton, John [1659-1733], Attributed. The Judgment of Whole Kingdoms and Nations, Concerning the Rights, Power and Prerogative of Kings, And the Rights, Privileges and Properties of the People: Shewing the Nature of Government in General, Both from God and Man. An Account of the British Government and the Rights and Privileges of the People in the Time of the Saxons, And Since the Conquest. The Government Which God Ordained Over the Children of Israel; And that All Magistrates and Governors Proceed From the People, By Many Examples in Scripture and History, And the Duty of Magistrates From Scripture and Reason. An Account of Eleven Emperors, And Above Fifty Kings Deprived for Their Evil Government. The Rights of the People and Parliament of Britain, To Resist and Deprive Their Kings for Evil Government, By King Henry's Charter, And Likewise in Scotland, By Many Examples.... Boston: Printed by I. Thomas, For J. Langdon, In Cornhill, . 144 pp. Octavo (7-3/4" x 4-3/4"). Contemporary quarter-sheep over paper-covered boards. Moderate rubbing to boards and extremities with some wear to spine ends and corners, partial crack between front free endpaper and title page, rear hinge starting. Light to moderate browning and light foxing to text, early owner signature ("Beriah Curtis") to endleaves and head of p. 16, later signature ("L.R. Ashanau/ 1899") to rear pastedown. An appealing copy. $1,850. * Twelfth (stated) edition, "corrected," the probable second American edition of this work. This highly popular tract was first published in 1709 with the title Vox Dei, Being True Maxims of Government. Somers, a barrister of the Middle Temple, was Lord Chancellor of England and the author of The Security of Englishmen's Lives (1681), a tract on juries and one's right to a jury trial. The present work outlines the development of English freedoms, and calls for religious freedom, resistance to tyranny and a limited monarchy. It found a ready audience in the colonies on the eve of the American Revolution and was issued by presses in Philadelphia, Boston and Newport. It was read by several Founding Fathers, including Thomas Jefferson, who, owned the 1773 Philadelphia imprint. This work is attrib.
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