Sir William Jones's First Legal and Political Essay Jones, Sir William [1746-1794]. An Inquiry into the Legal Mode of Suppressing Riots, With a Constitutional Plan of Future Defence. Published in July 1780. By William Jones, Esq; Of the Middle Temple. The Second Edition, Corrected. To Which is Now Added A Speech on the Nomination of Candidates to Represent the County of Middlesex, 9th Sept. 1780, &c. London: Printed for C. Dilly, 1782. 75,  pp. With a half-title. Octavo (8" x 5"). Stab-stitched pamphlet bound into recent period-style three-quarter calf over marbled boards by Philip Dusel, blind fillets and lettering piece to spine. Moderate toning, occasional light foxing, illegible early owner signature to head of title page. $1,500. * Second, final and best edition. Jones's first legal and political essay, it addresses the anti-Catholic Gordon Riots, the most destructive riot in London's history. Jones draws on Selden, Locke and Milton in his proposals to avoid martial law and defend London through a version of the posse comitatus. Both editions of this work are very scarce. OCLC locates 3 copies of the second edition (San Francisco Law Library, UC-Berkeley, University of Michigan). English Short-Title Catalogue T69326.
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