Important 16th Century Acts Concerning Queen Mary I [Great Britain]. [Statutes]. [Mary I, Queen (1516-1558)]. Anno Mariae Primo Actes Made in the Parliamente Begonne and Holden at Westminster, The Seconde Daye of Apryll, In the Firste Yeare of the Reygne of Oure Moste Gratious Soveraygne Ladye, Marye by the Grace of God, Quene of Englande, Fraunce, And Irelande, Defender of the Fayth, and There Continued and Kepte to the Dissolution of the Same, Being the V. Daye of Maye then Nexte Ensuing as Foloweth. [London: In Aedibus Iohannis Cawodi Typographi Regiae Mariae, 1554]. 20 ff. Folio (11" x 7-1/2"). Recent three-quarter calf over marbled boards. Light rubbing to boards, slightly heavier rubbing to extremities, small bookseller description affixed to front pastedown, front hinge cracked, rear hinge starting at ends, some discoloration to endleaves. Title printed within woodcut architectural border. Moderate toning, faint dampstaining to fore-edges of leaves at end of text. $1,850. * First edition, one of four issues. This volume records 12 acts of the Second Parliament of the first regnal year of Mary I. Two of these concern the queen's status: "An Acte Touching the Articles of the Queenes Highnes Moste Noble Marriage" contains the text of the Mary's marriage contract with King Philip II of Spain and endorses the union. The "Acte Declaring that the Regall Power of the Realme is in the Queenes Maiestie as Fullie and Absolutelie, As Ever it Was in Anye of Her Mooste Noble Progenitours Kynges of this Realme" settled the controversy in Parliament over the legitimacy of her succession. (Lady Jane Grey, the rival claimant, was executed on Mary's orders on February 12, 1554.) Beale, A Bibliography of Early English Law Books S245. English Short-Title Catalogue S1978.
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