An Ambitious Experiment in Urban Planning [Great Britain]. Charles I [1600-1649], King of England. A Decree of Starre-Chamber: Concerning Inmates, And Divided Tenements, In London or Three Miles About: Made the Fourteenth of February Last Past. 1636. London: Imprinted...by Robert Barker and by the Assignes of Iohn Bill, 1636 [i.e. 1637].  pp. Lacking final blank leaf. Quarto (6-3/4" x 4-1/2"). Stab-stitched pamphlet bound in recent quarter calf over marbled boards, gilt rules to calf edges, gilt fillets, title and date to spine, edges rouged. Large woodcut royal arms to verso of title page. Moderate toning to interior, very light foxing and faint stains to a few leaves. $1,850. * Only edition, one of two issues from the same year. This decree attempted to address the root causes of crowding, pollution and other public nuisances by regulating new building in urban areas. Made obsolete by the abolition of Star Chamber in 1641, it was nonetheless "the most considerable, continuous, and best documented experiment in environmental control in the Common Law tradition" and a "remarkable example of governmental perspicacity" (Barnes). Counting both issues, OCLC locates 1 copy of this title in a North American law library (Library of Congress). Barnes cited in Skelton, Sanitation in Urban Britain, 1560-1700 56. English Short-Title Catalogue S114367.
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