Prynne Reviews the History of Parliamentary Writs and Practice, A Copy in an English Royal Binding Prynne, William [1600-1669]. Brevia Parliamentaria Rediviva. In XIII Sections Conteining Several Catalogues of the Numbers, Dates of All Bundles of Original Writs of Summons and Elections Newly Found, Or Formerly Extant in the Tower of London During the Reigns of King Edw. 1, 2, 3. R. 2. H. 4, 5, 6. And E. 4 Being 117 Bundles: Of All the Knights Names of Each County Retorned on These Writs; And all Cities, Boroughs, Ports Therin Summoned to Elect, Send, Or Actually Returning Citizens, Burgesses, Barons, And How Oft They Did it During These Kings Reigns: With 3. Catalogues of All the Citizens, Burgesses Retorned on These Writs for Bathe, Bristol, London: The Ancient Forms of Elections, Retorns Cedules, Indentures Relating to Each County, City, Borough, Port; Besides Sundry Rare Writs, Records, Memorials, And Observations from them Touching Elections, Retorns: The True Original Creation, Continuance, Discontinuance, Exemption of Antient Boroughs: The Late Erections of New, and Revival of Some Old Petty Boroughs; Most of Which Writs, Bundles, Records, Rarities (Long Buryed in Dust and Darknesse in Caesars Chappel) Hitherto Unknown, Were Lately Discovered, And Here Published for the Benefit of Posterity. London: Printed for the Author, 1662. [xxiv], 232 pp., 233-248 ff., , 249-384, 369-376, 393-398,  pp. Pagination irregular, text complete. Quarto (7-1/2" x 5-1/2"). Contemporary calf, gilt royal arms (dated 160II, i.e. 1662) and gilt frames with corner fleurs de lis to boards, raised bands lettering piece and gilt ornaments to spine. Moderate rubbing to boards and extremities, some scratches to rear board, corners bumped and somewhat worn, boards beginning to separate, but still secure, early shelf mark, shelf label and armorial bookplate of John Pratt, 1st Earl Camden, to front pastedown, front free endpaper partially detached. Moderate toning to text, light soiling and a few finger smudges to title page, early owner signature, and one blotted-out signature (John Cottam) to front free endpaper, extensive early annotations, most likely by Camden to rear endleaves. $2,500. * Only edition. Complete in itself, this is the third part of a four-volume collection issued from 1659 to 1664 known collectively as the Brief Regis.
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