Powers That Belong to the "Free Subject" Free Subject. The Humble Desires of a Free Subiect and True Lover of the Liberties of the Three Nations, Of England Scotland, And Ireland, And of the Dominions, And Territories Belonging to Them; Whereby to Unite Them in Love, And Amity. London: Printed for Fr. Coles, 1659.  pp. Quarto (7-1/2" x 6"). Single folded sheet, uncut and unsewn, untrimmed edges. Foxing and moderate toning, tears and mild edgewear along folds. $1,250. * Only edition. Written by a Leveller, a member of the Civil War-era populist movement committed to natural rights, popular sovereignty, religious tolerance, expanded suffrage and equality before the law, this pamphlet asserts the Leveller belief that "free subjects" should deny certain powers to their political superiors. It also demands higher taxes on the wealthy. This work may have been written by Sir John Wildman [c.1621-1693], a lawyer, politician and soldier associated with the Levellers. OCLC locates 6 copies in North America (Columbia, Harvard, Huntington, NY Public Library, UCLA, Yale). The ESTC adds 3 (California State Library, Folger, Union Theological Seminary). Woolrych, "Last Quests for a Settlement, 1657-1660" in Aylmer, Ed., Interregnum: The Quest for Settlement, 1646-60 193. English Short-Title Catalogue (ESTC) R202526.
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