A Constitutional Defense of the Glorious Revolution Acherley, Roger [c.1665-1740]. The Britannic Constitution: Or, The Fundamental Form of Government in Britain. Demonstrating, The Original Contract Entred into by King and People, According to the Primary Institutions Thereof, In this Nation. Wherein is Proved, That the Placing on the Throne King William III. Was the Natural Fruit and Effect of the Original Constitution. And that the Succession to this Crown, Establish'd in the Present Protestant Heirs, Is De Jure, And Justify'd, By the Fundamental Laws of Great Britain. And Many Important Original Powers and Privileges, Of Both Houses of Parliament, Are Exhibited. London: Printed for A. Bettesworth, J. Osborn, And T. Longman, 1727. vii, , 5-695,  pp. Pagination irregular, text complete. [Bound with] [Acherley, Roger]. Reasons for Uniformity in the State. Being a Supplement to the Britannic Constitution. By the Author of the Britannic Constitution. London: Printed for S. Birt, D. Browne, C. Hitch, C. Davis, S. Austen, and A. Millar, 1741. Folio (13-1/4" x 9"). Recent library buckram, red and black lettering pieces, paper shelf label and gilt institution name to spine, small security tag and blind-stamped institution name to front board, stamps to top and bottom edges, endleaves added. Light shelfwear, corners lightly bumped. Title page printed in red and black, woodcut head-pieces (featuring Lady Justice) and tail-pieces. Light toning to text, somewhat heavier in places, light foxing to margins in a few places, faint dampstaining to upper corners of preliminaries, library stamps to endleaves, a few early doodles to front endleaf, "Rt. Morris" and "Robt. H. Morris (with 1820 next to it in different hand)" to head of title page of Britannic Constitution, library stamps and brief annotations to verso. $500. * Britannic Constitution: first edition; Reasons for Uniformity: only edition as an independent work. Acherley wrote this book to demonstrate the legality and justice of the Glorious Revolution. "In its arguments against those who asserted the divinity of hereditary right, and in its insistence on arguments drawn from the original contract, it echoes the controversies of the seventeenth century. In fact, so long as a Stuart restoration was possible, it was necessary for a book on const.
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