A Seventeenth-Century Plan to Reform English Law [Chamberlayne, Edward (1616-1703)]. Englands Wants: Or, Several Proposals Probably Beneficial for England, Humbly Offered to the Consideration of All Good Patriots in Both Houses of Parliament. By the Author of The Present State of England. London: Printed for, And Are to be Sold By, Randal Taylor, 1685. 38 pp. Quarto (7-1/4" x 5-1/4"). Stab-stitched pamphlet bound into recent period-style three-quarter calf over marbled boards by Philip Dusel, raised bands and lettering piece to spine. Light browning to interior, head of text block trimmed with minor loss to head of title page and occasional loss to headlines. A handsomely bound copy. $450. * Second edition. First printed in 1667, Chamberlayne's pamphlet proposed seventy-five reforms to the legal system, most notably in property law. Chamberlayne, an English nobleman and diplomat, is best known as the author of The Present State of England (1669). He held an LL.D. from Cambridge and a D.C.L. from Oxford. Goldsmiths' Library of Economic Literature 2590.
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