The English-Mans Right, A Dialogue Between a Barrister at Law...
First Edition of an Important Work on the Right to Trial by Jury Hawles, Sir John [1645-1716]. [Bacon, Sir Francis (1561-1626)]. The English-Mans Right. A Dialogue Between a Barrister at Law, And a Jury-Man: Plainly Setting Forth, I. The Antiquity, II. The Excellent Designed Use, III. The Office and Just Privileges of Juries, By the Law of England. London: Printed for Richard Janeway, In Queenshead Alley in Paternoster-Row, 1680. [ii], 40 pp. Quarto (7-1/4" x 5-1/2"). Disbound stab-stitched pamphlet. Light browning, light soiling to exterior, light foxing to a few leaves, edges trimmed closely with loss to register, catchwords and side-notes, legibility affected in a few places, early annotation to foot of p. 11, a few tiny chips to fore-edges of title page and final leaf. $450. * First edition. A staunch Whig, Hawles wrote The Englishman's Right to outline the rights, duties and proper behavior of a juryman and to promote the jury system as a bulwark against tyranny. Immediately successful among Whigs and others who saw themselves as defenders of English liberties, it was received with great enthusiasm in America, where it was reprinted several times well into the nineteenth century. The annotation in our copy disputes a reference to a passage in Coke on Littleton. English Short-Title Catalogue R14849.
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