King Henry VIII Outlaws Buggery [Great Britain]. [Statutes]. [Homosexuality]. Anno XXV. Henrici Octavi. Actes Made in the Session of this Present Parliament Holden upon Prorogacion at Westminster, the. XV. Day of Januarie, In the .XXV. Yere of the Reigne of Our Most Drad Soveraigne Lord Kyng Henry the .VIII. And There Continued and Kept Till the .xxx. Daie of Marche then Next Ensuynge: to the Honour of God and Holy Church, And for the Common Weale and Profite of this his Realme. London: [T. Powell], 1562.  pp. Folio (10-1/4" x 6-3/4"). Nineteenth-century pebbled cloth, paper title label to spine. Corners bumped and lightly worn, fading to spine, light wear to ends, armorial bookplate of Edwin Freshfield to front pastedown, brief annotation to verso of front free endpaper by Anthony C. Taussig. Title printed within woodcut architectural border, woodcut decorated initials. Light toning to text, minor worming to lower margin at gutter. A nice copy. $2,500. * First published in 1534, this compilation of statutes includes the infamous "Acte for the punishment of the vice of buggerie" (Chapter VI). Enacted in 1533, this statute took homosexual acts away from the jurisdiction of the ecclesiastical courts and made them capital crimes under the common law. Revoked and revised several times, the act was restored in its original form by Queen Elizabeth I, one year after its republication here. It remained in force for more than two centuries. Edwin Freshfield [1832-1918] was a solicitor in his great family law firm. Founded in London in 1743, it is now the multi-national Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Anthony Taussig was a distinguished barrister and scholar. His collection of manuscripts and annotated printed books was acquired by Yale Law School and Yale's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. As noted by the English Short-Title Catalogue, there are two copies bearing the date 1562. One was probably printed in 1575. Ours is a true 1562 printing, with line 4 of the title page ending "sessions." There are at least five editions of these acts published between 1535 and 1551. All are scarce. OCLC locates 2 copies of our 1562 imprint in North America (Harvard Law School, New-York Historical Society). English Short-Title Catalogue S113128. Beale, A Bibliography of Early.
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