Presentation Copy of an Edition of Fortescue's Notes on Monarchy and the English Constitution Fortescue, Sir John [1394?-1496?]. Fortescue-Aland, Sir John [1670-1746], Editor. The Difference Between an Absolute and Limited Monarchy; As It More Particularly Regards the English Constitution. Being a Treatise Written by Sir John Fortescue, Kt. Lord Chief Justice, And Lord High Chancellor of England, Under King Henry VI. Faithfully Transcribed from the MS. Copy in the Bodleian Library, And Collated with Three Other MSS. Publish'd with Some Remarks by John Fortescue-Aland, Of the Inner-Temple, Esq; F.R.S. London: Printed by W. Bowyer in White-Friars, For E. Parker, 1714. , lxxxii, , 148,  pp. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"). Contemporary paneled calf with nineteenth-century rebacking, gilt spine with raised bands and lettering piece, later repairs to spine ends and corners, gilt tooling to board edges, endpapers renewed. A few minor nicks and scratches to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, corners bumped, hinges starting, partial crack to text block between front endleaf and title page, which is printed in red and black. Moderate toning, light soiling to upper margins in a few places, light foxing to a few leaves, later owner signature (R.P. Morrell) to front free endpaper, "Humbly presented by the Editor" to front endleaf. $950 * First edition. First published in 1714, with a second edition in 1719, this work elaborates his belief, first articulated in De Laudibus Legum Angliae (c.1470), in the superiority of a constitutionally limited monarch. Later editions were published in 1719 and 1724. English Short-Title Catalogue T140210.
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