Contemporary Report of a Fundamental Case in English Constitutional and Tort Law Regarding the Right to Vote [Trial]. [Needham, Culverwell (b.1656), Reporter]. [Ashby, Matthew, Plaintiff]. [White, William, Defendant]. Ashby and White: Or, The Great Question, Whether an Action Lies at Common Law for an Elector, Who Is Deny'd His Vote for Members of Parliament? Debated and Resolv'd. Together with the Case of Jay and Topham: And the Defence Made by Sir Francis Pemberton and Sir Thomas Jones for Their Judgment Given Therein: With Other Cases. [London]: S.n., 1705. [ii], 257,  pp. Final page blank. Octavo (7-3/4" x 4-1/2"). Contemporary sheep, blind panels to boards, raised bands to spine. Some scuffing to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, with some wear to spine ends and corners, joints just starting at ends, hinges cracked, armorial bookplate of the Earls of Macclesfield to front pastedown, small embossed Macclesfield device to title page. Moderate toning, faint dampspotting in a few places, a few brief annotations to index, initials in small early hand to foot of title page, lower corner lacking from final index leaf below text. An appealing copy. $750. * Only edition. Also known as the Aylesbury Election Case, Ashby v. White is a fundamental case in English constitutional and tort law. Ashby was prevented from casting a vote in an Aylesbury election by White, a constable who claimed Ashby was not an established resident of that town. The case was decided in Parliament in Ashby's favor and it established the following rule: the actions of one party may not hinder the rights of another. The present copy once belonged to the library of Shirbirn Castle, the library of the Earls of Macclesfield, one of the finest private libraries in Great Britain. English Short-Title Catalogue T84969.
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