An Important Study of the Court of Star Chamber Crompton, [Richard] [fl. 1573-1599]. Star-Chamber Cases. Shewing What Causes Properly Belong to the Cognizance of That Court. Collected for the Most Part Out of Mr. Crompton, His Booke, Entituled The Jurisdiction of Divers Courts. London: Printed by I.O for Iohn Grove, 1641. [ii], 55,  pp. Quarto (7-1/4" x 5-3/4"). Disbound, light soiling to title page, heavier soiling to verso of final leaf, which is blank. Moderate toning to text, faint dampspotting in a few places, leaves C2 and C3 (pp. 19-22) detached, faint crease to head of title page. $950. * Second and final edition. The Court of Star Chamber was established by the Crown in 1487 to try offences dealing with the safety of the state before a council. Its scope expanded over time to include a wider array of criminal matters and a limited number of civil matters, such as suits between corporations and prize cases. In its final years the court was infamous for its cruel, arbitrary nature and illegal extensions of power. First published in 1630, Star-Chamber cases is derived from Crompton's L'Authoritie et Iurisdiction des Courts de la Maiestie de la Roygne (1594), perhaps the best source we have about the court system of his day. The 1641 edition coincided with the abolition of this court by an act of the Long Parliament, which was indignant at the court's treatment of such critics of the government as Bastwick, Burton, Lilburn and Prynne. English Short-Title Catalogue R31335.
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