A Letter of a Gentleman to His Friend, Shewing that the Bishops...
Bishops and "Cases Capital" [Hollis, Denzil Hollis, Baron (1599-1680)]. A Letter of a Gentleman to His Friend, Shewing that the Bishops are Not to be Judges in Parliament in Cases Capital. London: Printed for C.R. And to be Sold by Thomas Sharp Bookbinder in Black-Friers, 1679. [ii]; [ii], 119,  pp. Octavo (6-3/4" x 4-1/4"). Contemporary sheep with later sheep rebacking, blind rules to boards, blind fillets to spine, front hinge mended. Moderate rubbing with wear to corners, chip to head of spine, rear hinge cracked. Moderate toning to interior, light browning to margins, minor chips and short tears to a few leaves, "18" in early hand to head of title page, light soiling to its fore-edge. $125. * Only edition, one of four issues, all in 1679. Our copy is a curious example; it is bound with the title pages of two of those issues. Hollis argues that bishops sitting as members of the House of Lords should not be allowed to take part in capital cases because they would not be allowed to apply the death penalty if they were judges in ecclesiastical courts. English Short-Title Catalogue R204378 or R17416.
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