Ancient Laws Against "Immorality and Prophaneness" Disney, John [1677-1730]. A View of Ancient Laws, Against Immorality and Profaneness; Under the Following Heads; Lewdness, Profane Swearing, Cursing, And Blasphemy; Perjury; Prophanation of Days Devoted to Religion; Contempt or Neglect of Divine Service; Drunkenness; Gaming; Idleness, Vagrancy, And Begging; Stage-Plays and Players; And Duelling. Collected from the Jewish, Roman, Greek, Gothic, Lombard, And Other Laws, Down to the Middle of the Eleventh Century. Cambridge: Printed for Corn. Crownfield, Printer to the University, 1729. [xxii], 351,  pp. With a list of subscribers. Folio (14" x 9"). Contemporary paneled calf, rebacked in period-style gilt spine with raised bands and lettering piece, gilt tooling to board edges, hinges mended. A few minor nicks and scratches to boards, some rubbing and a few tiny chips to board edges, early armorial bookplate to front pastedown. Light toning to text, occasional light soiling to top edge of text block above headlines, light spotting and a few tiny spots of dripped wax in a few places, light soiling and light edgewear to title page. A very handsome and desirable copy in the original binding. $2,500. * First edition. Disney, a divine with a degree in civil law, was vicar of St. Mary's in Nottingham and a moral reformer. A fascinating compilation enhanced with notes and a 20-page glossary, his View of Ancient Laws, Against Immorality and Profaneness followed two other legal books he published on the subject: An Essay Upon the Execution of the Laws Against Immorality and Prophaneness (1708, 2nd. ed. 1710) and A Second Essay Upon the Execution of the Laws Against Immorality and Prophaneness (1710). English Short-Title Catalogue T112762.
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