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, negligible light gatoring in places, some rubbing and a few tiny chips to board edges, early armorial bookplate to front pastedown. Light toning to text, light crinkling with 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 handsome copy. $2,500. * Only 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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