An Early Entry in a Vicious Pamphlet War Mainwaring, Sir Thomas [1623-1689]. A Reply to an Answer to the Defence of Amicia, Daughter of Hugh Cyveliok Earl Of Chester. Wherein it is Proved, That the Reasons Alleadged by Sir Peter Leicester, In His Former Book, And Also in His Said Answer, Concerning the Illegitimacy of the Said Amicia, Are Invalid, And of No Weight At All. London: Printed for S. Lowndes, 1673. [ii], 105,  pp. Octavo (6-1/2" x 4"). Recent calf, blind rules to boards, gilt title to spine, endpapers renewed. Small scratch to rear board, light foxing to endleaves, upper corner of rear endleaf lacking. Title page printed in red and black. Light toning to interior, light foxing in a few places, initials "R.D." in early hand to head of title page, small early correction to p. 18. An attractive copy. $450. * Only edition. Amicia, the author's grandmother, was the wife of Ralph Mainwaring. Leicester, another descendant of Amicia, claimed that she was a bastard in his Historical Antiquities (1673), and a long, vicious pamphlet war ensued. (The issue was eventually decided in Mainwaring's favor.) This tract, like the others, is of legal interest for its extensive historiographical discussion of the early common law authorities on marriage. Both authors had been students at Gray's Inn. English Short-Title Catalogue R10002.
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