Scarce Treatise on the Law of Advowson Hughes, William [1587 or 1588-1663]. Parsons Law: Or a View of Advowsons. Wherein is Contained the Rights of the Patrons, Ordinaries and Incumbents, To Advowsons of Churches, And Benefices with Cure of Souls, And Other Spiritual Promotions. Collected Out of the Whole Body of the Common Law, And Some Late Reports in the Ninth Year of King Charles the First. Reviewed and Much Enlarged by the Author, In the Fourteenth Year of the Reign of Charles the Second King of England, &c. London: Printed for the Author, And are to be Sold by Tho. Bassett, 1663. [xvi], 333,  pp. Final leaf is a blank. Octavo (6-1/2" x 4"). Recent period-style calf, blind rules to boards, raised bands, blind fillets and lettering piece to spine, endpapers renewed. Moderate toning to interior, light soiling to title page. $450. * Second edition, 1 of 2 issues from 1663. Hughes, a barrister of Gray's Inn, was the author of an important abridgment, an edition of Horne's Mirrour of Justices and the editor of an interesting collection of mooted cases. First published in 1641, Parsons Law concerns laws governing advowson, a patron's right in English law to present a candidate to fill a vacant ecclesiastical benefice to a bishop (or other church official). According to the preface, Hughes says he wrote this book in response to "the earnest request of some eminent men of the Clergy" [iii]. English Short-Title Catalogue R6801.
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