King Henry VIII Makes Some of His First Moves Against the Catholic Church [Great Britain]. [Statutes]. [Henry VIII (1491-1547), King of England]. Anno XXI. Henrici VIII. Statvta ad Remp. Spectantia, Edita in Prima Sessione Parliamenti, Primo Inchoati in Ciuitate Londin. Tertio die Noue[m]bris, Anno Regni Inuictissimi Principis Henrici Octaui, Anglie et Fra[n]cie Regis, Fidei Defensoris, Et Domini Hibernie. XXI. et ex ea Ciuitate tam Adiurnati Q[uam] Prorogati ad Palatium Westmonast. et Ibide[m] Continuati per. XLIIII. Dies, Videlicet Vsq[ue]; Ad XVII. Diem Decembris, Et ab Eisdem Loco et Die Prorogati Vsq[ue]; Ad. XXVI. Diem Aprilis tunc Proxime Instantis. [London: In Aedibus Thomae Bertheleti Regii Impressoris, 1536?]. XXVII ff. Final leaf, a blank, lacking. Folio (11-1/4" x 7-1/2"). Recent three-quarter calf over marbled boards, blind fillets to calf edges, gilt fillets and title to spine. Negligible light rubbing to extremities. Title printed within woodcut border, woodcut decorated initials. Moderate toning to interior, minor worming to upper gutter of text block not affecting text, occasional very faint marginal dampstaining, light soiling in a few places, underlining and brief early annotation to verso of leaf VI. A handsome copy. $2,750. * This volume records 21 acts for the 21st regnal year of Henry VIII (April 22, 1529-April 21, 1531). This was the second regnal year of the Reformation Parliament, so called because it was the first Parliament to enact legislation against the Catholic Church. The 21st year included acts secularizing inheritance matters (Chapters 4 and 5) and eliminating the rights of clergy to hold multiple benefices (Chapter 13). Our copy is similar to Beale S130 and Short-Title Catalogue 9366.5, but has a different distribution of periods in the title and may have other small differences as well. OCLC locates 3 copies of this imprint in North America (Huntington Library, Columbia Law School, Harvard Law School), all different from our copy.
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