By a Respected Elizabethan Jurist Davies, Sir John [1569-1626]. The Question Concerning Impositions, Tonnage, Poundage, Prizage, Customs, &c. Fully Stated and Argued, From Reason, Law, And Policy. Dedicated to King James in the Latter End of His Reign. By Sir John Davies, His then Majesties Attourney Generall. London: Printed by S[arah] G[riffin] for Henry Twyford and Rich: Marriot, 1656. [xvi], 166,  pp. Publisher advertisements to final leaf. Octavo (6-1/2" x 4"). Recent morocco, gilt title and date to spine, endleaves renewed, library bookplate to front pastedown. Light rubbing to joints, light offsetting to endleaves. Light toning to interior, occasional light foxing, light worming to upper margins affecting text block in a few places without loss to legibility, crack in text block between pp. [iv] and [v], upper corners of last two leaves lacking without loss to text. Several annotations in ink in a small early hand, mostly case citations. A sound copy. $950. * First edition. Davies, or Davys, was a highly respected lawyer, poet and politician. A favorite of Queen Elizabeth and later King James, he held several Irish offices, culminating in the position of attorney-general. His reports and other works were well-regarded and played an important role in the development of British colonial legal policy. The present work deals with royal prerogative in matters of taxation. It was reissued under a different title in 1659. English Short-Title Catalogue R1608.
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