A Controversial Assertion of the Royal Prerogative James I [1566-1625], King of England. A Booke of Proclamations, Published Since the Beginning of His Maiesties Most Happie Reigne Over England, &c. Untill this Present Moneth of Febr. 3. Anno Dom. 1609. London: Imprinted by Robert Barker, 1610. [xii], 71, , 72-122, , 123-195, , 196-224,  pp. First leaf blank. Folio (10-1/2" x 7"). Contemporary sheep, blind rules to boards, rebacked and recornered in period style sheep with raised bands and lettering piece. Moderate rubbing and scuffing to boards, which are slightly bowed, rubbing to extremities, front joint starting at head, hinges cracked, faint offsetting to endleaves, which are lightly edgeworn, later ink notation (shelfmark?) to front free endpaper, lightly foxed 7-1/4" x 4-1/2" publisher's advertisement tipped onto rear pastedown, small tear to advertisement affecting text without loss to legibility. Moderate toning to interior, occasional light foxing, minor worming to lower right corner not affecting text, lower corner of leaf B4 (pp. 19-20) lacking without loss to text, light creasing to final leaf, brief annotations in an early hand in several places, many affected by trimming. $2,250. * First edition. Issued in the midst of a struggle between James I and Parliament over James's proposal to impose additional import duties, the Booke of Proclamations was an attempt to use the royal prerogative to circumvent Parliament entirely. The proclamations concerned both potential sources of income for the Crown, which ordinarily required parliamentary assent, and issues of everyday governance and royal business. Ultimately, Coke and three other judges ruled that James could not legislate without parliament, an important moment in the development of English constitutional law and the exercise of the royal prerogative. A second edition appeared in 1613. The placement of the additional publisher's advertisement on the rear pastedown of our copy is unusual. The advertisement is for "Books printed or sold by William Leak, at the sign of the Crown in Fleetstreet, between the two Temple-gates." The separate heading for "Playes" likely dates the advertisement after 1650. OCLC locates 3 copies of this title in North America, 2 in law libraries (Harvard, University of Minnesota). English Short-Title Catalogue.
Book number 74319