First Edition of a Classic Guide to English Law and Government that Inspired the American Founding Fathers, A Variant Imprint Overlooked by the ESTC [Care, Henry (1646-1688)]. English Liberties: Or, The Free-Born Subject's Inheritance, Containing I. Magna Charta, The Petition of Right, The Habeas Corpus Act; And Divers Other Most Useful Statutes: With Large Comments Upon Each of Them. II. The Proceedings in Appeals of Murther; The Work and Power of Parliaments; The Qualifications Necessary for Such as Should be Chosen to that Great Trust. Plain Directions for All Persons Concerned in Ecclesiastical Courts; And How to Prevent or Take Off the Writ De Excommunicato Capiendo. As Also the Oath and Duty of Grand and Petty Juries. III. All the Laws Against Conventicles and Protestant Dissenters with Notes, And Directions both to Constables and Others Concern'd, Thereupon; And an Abstract of All the Laws Against Papists. London: Printed by George Larkin, For Benjamin Harris, Under the Piazza, On the Royal-Exchange, . [x], 228 pp. Lacking first leaf, a blank. 12mo. (5-1/2" x 3"). Contemporary sheep, blind rules to boards, blind fillets to spine. Light rubbing and a few minor worm holes to boards, which are slightly bowed, corners bumped and somewhat worn, spine ends worn, joints rubbed, joints starting at ends, front endleaves lacking, rear pastedown loose, brief early annotation to head of title page. Moderate toning to interior, light foxing in places, offsetting to margins of a few leaves at beginning and end of text, moderate edgewear, mostly to corners, to title page and final few leaves, loss to catchwords at foot of pp. 223 and 225 and imprint statement at foot of title page. Housed in a handsome red quarter morocco clam shell box. An appealing unrestored copy. $7,500. * First edition, an unrecorded variant of one of the two undated imprints listed in the English Short-Title Catalogue with a conjectured publication date of 1682; a third imprint in the ESTC is dated 1682. This classic layman's guide reviews, from a Whig perspective, the principles of English law and government. It emphasizes the role of Magna Carta, Parliament and juries in the preservation of civil rights and prevention of tyranny. First published in America in 1721, it had a profound influence on several colonial readers, incl.
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