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 paneled calf, large corner fleurons to panels, raised bands and stamped title to spine, gilding rubbed away. Light rubbing and a few scratches and minor scuffs to boards, negligible light gatoring to front board and spine, moderate rubbing to extremities, corners bumped and somewhat worn, chipping to head of spine, front board partially detached, rear board beginning to separate, rear free endpaper lacking, crease to lower corner of rear board. Light toning to text, faint spotting in places, light soiling in a few places. Early owner signature and annotation to title page, brief annotations to margins of a few leaves. $650. * 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. Most of the annotations are cross-references. English Short-Title Catalogue T84969.
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