Foure Statutes, Specially Selected and Commanded by his Maiestie...
1609 Collection of Acts Concerning Plague, The Poor, Vagabonds, Soldiers, London and Star Chamber [Great Britain]. Foure Statutes, Specially Selected and Commanded by his Maiestie to be Carefully put in Execution by All Iustices and Other Officers of the Peace Throughout the Realme. Together with a Proclamation, A Decree of the Starre-Chamber, And Certaine Orders Depending Upon the Former Lawes, More Particularly Concerning the Citie of London, And Counties Adioyning. London: Robert Barker, Printer to the Kings Most Excellent Maiestie, 1609. [viii], 117,  pp. Quarto (7" x 5-1/2"). Recent calf, blind frames to boards, blind fillets, gilt title and gilt publication date to spine, endpapers added. Woodcut Royal arms to verso of title page. Moderate toning, faint dampstaining to lower outside corner of text block, light soiling to recto of front endleaf and verso of rear endleaf. $1,250. * Only edition. Addressed to justices of the peace, these statutes of Elizabeth I and James I incorporate over a dozen acts, orders, and decrees concerning the poor, soldiers and mariners, "rogues, vagabonds and sturdie beggars," plague and construction of new buildings in London. Appended is a collection of related Star Chamber proceedings involving Coke and Ellesmere. Several parts of these statutes relate to the effects of the plagues of 1603 and 1606. OCLC locates 12 copies in North America, 1 in a law library (Harvard). English Short-Title Catalogue S121227.
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