An Important Statement About the Rights of Corporations [Sawyer, Sir Robert (1633-1692)]. The Pleadings, Arguments, And Other Proceedings in the Court Of Kings-Bench Upon the Quo Warranto, Touching The Charter Of The City Of London; With the Judgement Entred Thereupon. The Whole Pleadings Faithfully Taken from the Record. London: Printed by T.D. and B.T., 1696. [iv], 35, , 22, 16, 25-55, , 55, , 65-126 pp. Text continuous despite pagination. Folio (12-1/2" x 7-3/4"). Contemporary calf, blind rules to boards, blind fillets along joints, which are reinforced, raised bands and lettering piece to spine, small early shelf label (?) to rear board, front free endpaper and following leaf re-hinged. A few scuffs to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, chipping to spine ends, corners bumped and somewhat worn, recent owner bookplate to front pastedown, rear hinge cracked, another crack between front endleaf and title page. Moderate toning to text, somewhat heavier in places, occasional faint spotting to first half of text, (illegible) early owner signature to title page. $350. * Second and final edition. First published in 1690, this volume relates to the passage of an act of Parliament during the glorious Revolution that restored a group of privileges granted under the Charter of the City of London to officers, companies, and corporations that had been seized under a writ of quo warranto by Charles II and James II to augment the royal revenue. An important assertion of Parliamentary power in its day, this act went on to become an important statement about the rights of corporations. English Short-Title Catalogue R28154.
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