The History of the High Court of Parliament. London, 1731

Gurdon, Thornhagh

Publication Date: 1731
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Early History of the High Court of Parliament [Gurdon, Thornhagh (1663-1733)]. The History of the High Court of Parliament, Its Antiquity, Preheminence and Authority; and The History of Court Baron and Court Leet, A Chronological History of Them From the Earliest Times Drawn Down to the Present. Together with the Rights of Lords of Manors in Common Pastures, and the Growth of Privileges the Tenants Now Enjoy There. London: Printed for R. Knaplock.and J. Tonson, 1731. Two volumes. xviii, [28], 254; [255-258], [259]-445 [i.e. 645], 9 pp. Complete. Octavo (8" x 5"). Contemporary paneled calf, raised bands, lettering piece. Wear to board edges and spine ends, corners bumped, joints starting. Front free endpaper lacking from Volume Two. Attractive woodcut head-pieces, tail-pieces and decorated initials. Early armorial bookplates to versos of title pages. Wear to endleaves and preliminaries with some loss, dampstaining to lower half of text blocks. $500. * Only edition. This important early history includes a subject index and an interesting index of the books and manuscripts used by the author. "In this historical account of the government of England, of its senates and councils or parliaments, I take a cursory view of them in other nations, as introductory to the British, Saxon and Norman national councils or Parliaments, and so gradually slide down from Antiquity to modern times, shewing the conformity of modern with ancient constitutions; how ancient Laws and Decrees have been, some of them confirmed, some amended, and some totally abrogated, according to the wisdom of the several ages, thereby in a short history giving the reader a large view into times past.": Preface, Volume One, v-vi. The second part, on courts leet and baron, treats the history of two early feudal courts. Court baron arbitrated dealings between the lords of manors and their tenants. Court leet was a court held by the right of franchise in which a private lord oversaw land under a sheriff's jurisdiction. English Short-Title Catalogue T130666. Bookseller Inventory # 38088

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