British Liberty: A Legacy of "Our Ancestors in Germany" St. Amand, George. An Historical Essay on the Legislative Power of England. Wherein the Origin of Both Houses of Parliament, Their Antient Constitution, And the Changes That Have Happen'd in the Persons that Compos'd them, With the Occasions Thereof, Are Related in a Chronological Order. And Many Things Concerning the English Government, The Antiquities of the Laws of England, And the Feudal Law, Are Occasionally Illustrated and Explain'd. London: Printed for Tho. Woodward, 1725. [xvi], 197, 23 pp. includes four-page publisher catalogue. Octavo (7-1/2" x 4-3/4"). Recent library buckram, red and black lettering pieces and paper shelf label to spine, small security tag and blind-stamped institution name to front board, stamps to top and bottom edges, endleaves added. Light shelfwear, light toning to text, dampstaining to fore-edges and text of pp. 99-121, two small holes to Leaf C2 (pp. 19-20) due to paper flaw, legibility not affected, library stamps to endleaves, p. [iii] and p. 101, library annotation to verso of title page. $150. * Only edition. St. Amand locates the origins of British liberty under the law in the political culture of the Saxons. "[O]ur Ancestors in Germany were a free people, and had a right to assent, or dissent to all Laws. And may an uninterrupted exercise thereof (for the right itself can never be extinguish'd) continue 'till Time shall be no more" (iii). A second edition was published in 1767. This work was later included in John Almon's A Complete Collection of the Lords' Protests (1767). English Short-Title Catalogue T116335.
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