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Item #74185 The Parsons Guide: or the Law of Tithes. William Sheppard.
The Parsons Guide: or the Law of Tithes...

The Parsons Guide: or the Law of Tithes...

Cromwell's Financial Demands on the Clergy Sheppard, William [d.1675?]. The Parsons Guide: Or the Law of Tythes. Wherein is Shewed, Who Must Pay Tythes, And to Whom, And of What Things, When, And How They Must be Paid, And How they May be Recovered at this Day, And How a Man May be Discharged of Payment Thereof. London: Printed for W. Lee [et al.], 1670. [xx], 99, [1] pp. 12mo. (5-1/2" x 3"). Contemporary sheep, blind rules to boards, blind fillets to spine, blind tooling to board edges, pastedowns loose. Light rubbing and a few small spots and stains to boards, somewhat heavier rubbing to extremities, joints starting, corners bumped and lightly worn, hinges cracked, recent pencil annotations to front free endpaper (the lower corner of which is lacking), later owner initials ("LG"?) dated 1760 to front endleaf, early presentation inscription ("[for] Sir Simon Degge") to head of title page. Moderate toning to interior, tear to right margin of leaf B1 (pp. 1-2) not affecting text, partial crack in text block between pp. 2 and 3, all leaves secure. $850. * Second edition, expanded. A brief treatise supporting Cromwell's financial demands on the clergy. Active in the Protectorate, where he was Cromwell's legal advisor, Sheppard aimed to reform English law. Many of his proposals anticipated changes that were adopted in the nineteenth century. The Parsons Guide supported Cromwell's reforms of tithing laws, which were drafted by Sheppard. Our copy was presented to Sir Simon Degge [1612-1703], author of the well-regarded Law of Tithes (1676) and Parson's Counsellor (1676). The first edition of this title appeared in 1654 and the third and final edition in 1671. All editions and issues are scarce. OCLC locates 5 copies of the second edition in North American law libraries (Harvard, Yale, Library of Congress, Los Angeles County, San Francisco). English Short-Title Catalogue R35177.

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