"Absolute Necessity of a Reform in Parliament" [Great Britain]. A True Friend to the Constitution, And Nothing But the Constitution. Reform in Parliament. An Address to the People of England, On the Absolute Necessity of a Reform in Parliament, To Which are Annexed, Complete Copies of the Magna Charta, And the Bill of Rights with Explanatory Notes. London: Printed for J. Blacklock and J. Luffman, c.1809. [ii], 64 pp. Octavo (8" x 4-3/4"). Recent marbled boards, printed paper spine label, speckled edges, endpapers renewed. Light toning to interior, moderate soiling to title page, a few creases to final leaf. $750. * Only edition. After the Duke of York scandal in 1809, which involved the sale of military commissions through his mistress, Mary Anne Clarke, interest in Parliamentary reform surged. Our work draws particular attention to the constitutional aspects of the issue, making frequent reference to particular contemporary scandals and their relationships to the appended Magna Carta and Bill of Rights. OCLC locates 8 copies, 5 in North America (Newberry, Princeton, Bowdoin, Queens University, McMaster).
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