The Laws of Honour, Or, A Compendious Account of the Ancient...
A Guide to Nobility and Titles of Honor During the Reign of Queen Anne [Gosling, Robert, Attributed]. The Laws of Honour: Or, A Compendious Account of the Ancient Derivation of All Titles, Dignities, Offices, &c. As Well Spiritual as Temporal, Civil or Military. Shewing the Prerogative of the Crown, Privileges of Peerage, And of Parliament; The True Rank and Precedency of All Dignify'd Persons; The Most Memorable Debates and Cases of Parliament upon Claim of Honours, Precedency, Or Otherwise. With a Compleat and Useful Table of the Nobility, Setting Forth Their Ancient and Present Honours, Offices, Employments, Creations, Successions, Consecrations, &c. The Whole Illustrated with Proper Sculptures, Engrav'd on Copper Plates. To Which is Added, An Exact List of Officers Civil and Military, In Great Britain, As They Properly and Distinctly Fall Under the Supream Officers of the Kingdom, Or are Any Way Remarkable in the Dispatch of Publick Business. London: Printed for R. Gosling, At the Mitre and Crown Against St. Dunstan's Church in Fleet Street, 1714. [xiv], xii, , 250, , 251-261, 252-280, , 281-440, , 70,  pp. Text continuous despite pagination. Letterpress leaves inserted between pp. 250-251 and pp. 280-281. Three copperplates, one of them a frontispiece. Complete. Octavo (7-1/2" x 4-3/4"). Recent calf, blind rules to boards, gilt dots to corners of boards, raised bands, blind fillets and gilt title to spine, endpapers renewed, frontispiece mounted and re-hinged. A few minor nicks and scratches, light uniform fading to spine. Moderate toning, light foxing in places, light edgewear to preliminaries and final few leaves, light soiling to frontispiece and title page, which has an illegible one-word annotation and two early owner signatures (of Anne Watson and William Watson) to its upper margin. $650. * First edition. A fascinating guide to the ranks of nobility and titles of honor during the time of Queen Anne, along with an explanation of the nation's numerous civil and military offices (including the names of men holding them). A second edition was published in 1726. Our copy matches the collation but lacks the pagination errors noted in the two issues of the first edition listed in the English Short-Title Catalogue (T142006, T142007).
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