"The Most Important of [Hale's] Books on the Constitutional Law" Hale, Sir Matthew [1609-1676]. Hargrave, Francis [1741?-1821], Editor. The Jurisdiction of the Lords House, Or Parliament, Considered According to Antient Records. To Which is Prefixed, By the Editor, An Introductory Preface, Including a Narrative of the Same Jurisdiction from the Accession of James the First. London: Printed for T. Cadell & W. Davies, 1796. [xii], ccxxx, 208 pp. Quarto (9-1/4" x 7-1/4"). Later morocco, blind rules to boards, raised bands and gilt title to spine, marbled endpapers, cloth-reinforced hinges. Light rubbing to extremities with minor wear to joints and corners, library bookplate and small location label to front pastedown. Moderate toning to interior, crack in text block between leaves Dd1 and Dd2 (pp. 202-203). Light foxing and soiling in a few places, small library stamp to title page and a few other leaves. A handsome copy. $850. * First and only edition. Based on a work first published in 1707, "[this is] the most important of [Hale's] books on the constitutional law published by Hargrave with an elaborate preface in 1796. This topic comprised some of the most controverted political questions of the day; and Hale had written much upon it in the early days of the Long Parliament, the Commonwealth and after the Restoration. This essay...represents his final judgment on the matter; and he himself tells us that the MS was complete and only needed his final revision. (...) The whole book is a striking testimony to Hale's mastery of records, to his impartiality and to his statesmanlike qualities.": Holdsworth, Some Makers of English Law 140. English Short-Title Catalogue T110601.
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