The Long Parliament Establishes Fundamental English Liberties [Great Britain]. [Parliament]. Speeches and Passages of the Great and Happy Parliament, From the Third of November, 1640, To this Instant June, 1641. Collected into One Volume, And According to the Most Perfect Originalls, Exactly Published. London: Printed for William Cooke, 1641. , 24, 152, 159-174, 169-184, 177-240, 205-220, , 233-351, , 351-358, 321-335, , 385-440, 455-459, 500-534, 24, , 6, 14; [ii], 46 pp. Pagination irregular, text complete. Final two sections have their own dated title pages reading Mr. Speakers Speech, With His Majesties Speech to Both Houses of Parliament, At the Passage of the Bill for Tonnage and Poundage... and An Argument of Law Concerning the Bill of Attainder of High-Treason of Thomas Earle of Strafford... Quarto (7-1/4" x 5-3/4"). Contemporary calf with later rebacking, diced spine with raised bands, lettering piece and gilt ornaments, endpapers renewed, hinges reinforced. Some rubbing and light gatoring to boards, heavier rubbing to extremities with some wear to spine ends and corners, hinges cracked, front free endpaper and title page partially detached but secure. Moderate toning, occasional faint dampspotting, faint dampstining to fore-edges of final 38 leaves, chips to edges of a few leaves, edgewear to endleaves, small holes to leaf H2 (pp. 53-54) due to paper flaw with minor loss to text, legibility not affected, light soiling and some edgewear and owner signature in tiny hand (H.E. Cullen, Jr. 1928) to title page. $1,500. * Only edition. Opposed to King Charles I, the Long Parliament sat from 1640 to 1660. Its duration lasted until the end Civil War and the close of the Interregnum. Speeches and Passages is a record of that Parliament's momentous first months. During that time it abolished the Star Chamber and High Commission and passed the Habeas Corpus and Triennial Acts, which was intended to prevent kings from ruling without Parliament, something Charles I did from 1629 and 1640. The final section, An Argument of Law concerns a controversial decision. The Earl of Strafford was a leading supporter and advisor of King Charles I. Scapegoated by Parliament for his "treasonous" role in the Second Bishops' War, one of the preliminary stages of the Civil War, he was condemned to de.
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