Prynne Defends the Legitimacy of the House of Lords Prynne, William [1600-1669]. A Plea for the Lords: Or, A Short, Yet Full and Necessary Vindication of the Judiciary and Legislative Power of the House of Peeres, And the Hereditary Just Right of the Lords and Barons of this Realme, To Sit, Vote and Judge in the High Court of Parliament. Against the Late Seditious Anti-Parliamentary Printed Petitions, Libells and Pamphlets of Anabaptists, Levellers, Agitators, Lilburne, Overton, And Their Dangerous Confederates, Who Endeavour the Utter Subversion Both of Parliaments, King and Peers, To Set up an Arbitrary Polarchy and Anarchy of Their Own New-Modelling. By William Prynne Esquire, A Well-Wisher to Both Houses of Parliament, And the Republike; Now Exceedingly Shaken and Indangered in Their Very Foundations. London: Printed for Michael Spark, At the Blue Bible in Green-Arbor 1648. [vi], 8, 69,  pp. Quarto (7-1/4" x 5-1/4"). Stab-stitched pamphlet with untrimmed edges bound into recent quarter calf over marbled boards, gilt fillets and title to spine, endpapers renewed. Light fading and a few minor inkstains to spine, light browning to text, small faint stain to title page, short tear to fore-edge near foot. $750. * First edition. One of the most notable and colorful figures of the seventeenth century, Prynne was a contentious and erudite Puritan attorney and legal antiquarian who wrote around 200 books and pamphlets about legal history, religion and politics. An ideological chameleon, he was a veteran of numerous pamphlet wars. A Plea for the Lords was written near the end of the English Civil War. Using an argument supported by archival evidence, Prynne refutes arguments by "Anabaptists, Levellers, Agitators, Lilburne, Overton, and Their Dangerous Confederates" that advocate the elimination of the House of Lords or a reduction in its power. He also advocates the better preservation of Parliamentary records, in part to prevent other attacks on the legitimacy of the House of Lords. Later editions were published in 1658, 1659 and 1675. English Short-Title Catalogue R212479.
Book number 71683