The Priviledges and Prerogatives of the High Court of Chancery.
The Supremacy of the High Court of Chancery Ellesmere, Thomas Egerton, Baron [1540?-1617]. The Priviledges and Prerogatives of the High Court of Chancery. London: Printed for Henry Sheapheard, 1641.  pp. Quarto (7-1/4" x 5-1/4"). Stab-stitched pamphlet bound into recent three-quarter calf over marbled boards, blind fillets to boards, lettering piece, gilt author name and blind and gilt fillets to spine. Moderate toning to interior, light foxing to final quarter of text, moderate edgewear and creases to a few leaves, offsetting to margins of final text leaf and following endleaf. $1,250. * Only edition. Ellesmere composed this work in 1615, two years before death ended his long career as lord chancellor. Admired for its reason and learning, it is powerful argument for the supremacy of the Chancery Court. It was attacked by Coke, then lord chief justice of the King's Bench. The debate that followed played a role in Coke's dismissal by the king, a staunch supporter of Ellesmere, in 1616. The printing of this pamphlet in 1641 reflected the strife between Parliament and Charles I that would end with the outbreak of civil war in 1642. English Short-Title Catalogue R11911.
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