The Office of Lord High Steward S[aunders], Ed[mond] [d. 1683]. Summus Angliae Seneschallus: Or, A Survey of the Lord High-Steward of England, His Office, Dignity, And Jurisdiction; Particularly the Manner of Arraigning a Peer Indicted of Treason or Felony. In a Letter to the Lords in the Tower; With Resolutions to Certain Queries Made by their Lordships, Relating to Traiterous and Seditious Practices. Written at Their Lordships Request, By Ed. S. of the Temple, Esquire. London: Re-Printed and Sold by M. Cooper, 1746. [ii], 49,  pp. Octavo (7-1/4" x 4-3/4"). Recent period-style calf by Philip Dusel, blind rules with corner fleurons to boards, raised bands and gilt title to spine, endpapers renewed. Moderate toning, light foxing to a few leaves and title page, which is lightly soiled, fragment of number at head. An attractive copy. $750. * Second and final edition. The Lord High Steward ranked above the Lord Chancellor and the Prime Minister. One of the office's most important powers was the sole legal power to preside over impeachment trials of peers. Since 1421 the office has generally remained vacant. (For trials of peers, the Lord Chancellor was deputized to act as Lord High Steward.) Today, it is a ceremonial office that is filled for coronation ceremonies. Saunder's essay on the powers of this office was first printed in 1680. Both editions are scarce. OCLC locates 6 copies of the second edition in North America, 1 in a law library (Library of Congress). English Short-Title Catalogue T105685.
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