An Enquiry into the Power of Dispensing with Penal Statutes...
A Work Central to the Political Theory of the Glorious Revolution Atkyns, Sir Robert [1621-1710]. An Enquiry into the Power of Dispensing with Penal Statutes. Together with Some Animadversions upon A Book Writ by Sir Edw. Herbert, Lord Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas, Entituled, A Short Account of the Authorities in Law Upon Which Judgment Was Given in Sir Edward Hales's Case. London: Printed for Timothy Goodwin, 1689. [ii], 58 pp. Lacking initial leaf, a printer advertisement, and final leaf, a blank. Folio (11-1/4" x 7-1/2"). Recent period-style goatskin, blind rules to boards, raised bands, blind fillets and lettering piece to spine. Light browning and occasional light foxing to interior, negligible faint dampstaining to margins, underlining, annotations and tiny spark burns to a few leaves, light soiling to title page and verso of final leaf of text. An appealing copy in a notably handsome binding. $650. * First edition. A work central to the political theory of the Glorious Revolution, this essay refutes the Royalist claim that monarchs have the exclusive power to dispense with laws. Instead, it argues, this is a power shared equally with Parliament. A second edition was also published in 1689. English Short-Title Catalogue R22814.
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