The Parsons Guide: or the Law of Tithes...
Paying Tithes to Cromwell [Sheppard, William (d.1675?)]. The Parsons Guide: Or the Law of Tithes: Wherein is Shewed, Who Must Pay Tithes, And to Whom, And of What Things, When, And How They Must be Paid, And How they May be Recovered at this Day, And How a Man May be Discharged of Payment Thereof. By W.S. Esq; London: Printed by T.M. for W. Lee, D. Pakeman, And G. Bedell, At Their Shops in Fleet-street, 1654. [vi], 31,  pp. Lacking first leaf, a blank. Quarto (7-1/4" x 5-1/2"). Stab-stitched pamphlet bound into recent half cloth over marbled boards, untrimmed edges. Moderate toning to interior, light soiling and a few tiny spots to title page. $500. * First edition, one of four issues from 1654. A pamphlet supporting Cromwell's financial demands for the clergy. Active in the Protectorate, where he was Cromwell's legal advisor, Sheppard aimed to reform English law. Ahead of his time in many ways, many of his proposals anticipate changes that were adopted in the nineteenth century. The Parsons Guide supported Cromwell's reforms of tithing laws, which were drafted by Sheppard. Two other editions were published in 1670 and 1671. All editions and issues are scarce. English Short-Title Catalogue R203561.
Book number 72612