"The Force and Obligations of the Matrimonial Contract" [Booth, George, Earl of Warrington (1675-1758)]. Considerations Upon the Institution of Marriage. With Some Thoughts Concerning the Force and Obligation of the Matrimonial Contract. Wherein is Considered, How Far Divorces May, Or Ought to be Allowed. By a Gentleman. Humbly Submitted to the Judgment of the Impartial. London: Printed for John Whiston, 1739. vi, 154 pp. Octavo (7-3/4" x 4-3/4"). Recent calf, blind frames to boards, raised bands and gilt title to spine, endpapers renewed. Moderate toning to text, early owner signature to head of title page (Ralph Leycester), later repair to its fore-edge, bit of label residue to lower-right corner of rear pastedown. A handsome copy of a scarce title. $1,850. * Only edition. A treatise on the moral and theological justifications for, and legal consequences of, divorce or separation. Like Milton, the Earl of Warrington believed that divorces should be granted for spousal incompatibility. He was not a disinterested scholar. A contemporary, "Philip Bliss, in a manuscript note in a copy of Walpole's Royal and Noble Authors," says Warrington and his wife "lived in the same house as absolute strangers to each other at bed and board." OCLC locates 7 copies in North America, none in law libraries. Bliss quoted in Dictionary of National Biography II:841. English Short-Title Catalogue T2989.
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