Final Edition of Selden's Historical Discourse Selden, John [1584-1654]. Bacon, Nathaniel [1593-1660], Editor, Attributed Author. An Historical and Political Discourse of the Laws and Government of England, From the First Times to the End of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth. With a Vindication of the Antient Way of Parliaments in England. Collected from Some Manuscript Notes of John Selden, Esq; By Nathaniel Bacon, Of Grays Inn, Esq; Corrected and Improved by a Gentleman of the Middle-Temple. London: Printed for D. Browne and A. Millar, 1760. [iv], viii, xiii-xix, , 203, ; xii, 178,  pp. Complete. Includes one-page publisher advertsiemenst. Quarto (11-1/4" x 9"). Recent library buckram, red and black lettering pieces, gilt-stamped library name and paper shelf label to spine, endleaves added, blind-stamped library name and small security tag to front board. Light rubbing corners bumped, library stamps to edges, endleaves and title page, front endleaf partially detached, light browning and light foxing to text. Light soiling to title page, gift inscription dated 1841 (From C.A. Paulson to C.A. Paulson, Jr.) and owner signature (of C.B. Paulson, dated 1850) to head, faint embossed library stamp to foot. $500. * Fifth and final edition. Often attributed to Bacon, the Historical Discourse "is a sort of constitutional history of England, showing much knowledge of the development of the institutions, civil and ecclesiastical, and pervaded by a strong spirit of hostility to the claims of the royal prerogative and to hierarchical pretensions." (DNB). "The first edition having become so rare a second edition was secretly printed in 1672 which was suppressed. It was again secretly reprinted in 1682 and the publishers were prosecuted. The 1682 edition appears to have been reissued in 1689 with the 1682 imprint" (Sweet & Maxwell). Dictionary of National Biography 1:836-837. Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 1:99 (9). English Short-Title Catalogue T108171.
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