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SELDEN (John)
The Historie of Tithes That is, The Practice of Payment of them. The Positiue Laws made for them. The Opinions touching the Right of them. A Review of it is also annext, which both Confirmes it and directs it in the Vse of it. By I. Selden.
[London: s.n.], 1618. First edition, third variant, small 4to, [6], xxii, [12], 491, [5]pp., title page in red and black, in this edition p.249 is misnumbered 149 and line 1 has "little"; contemporary calf, rebacked, red morocco label, a good clean copy with wide margins. "The most celebrated of Selden's treatises from this decade, 'The Historie of Tithes' (1618), marked a major refinement in his theory and practice of history. Dedicated to Sir Robert Cotton, it praised his 'inestimable Library', which assured 'a curious Diligence in search after the inmost, least known and most usefull parts of Historicall Truth'. The preface recommended the scrutinizing of earlier interpretations and of all evidence with a searching, but moderate philosophical scepticism, which helped to clear away unsound interpretations and to promote soundly based truth ........ A 'Review' at the end of the 'Historie of Tithes' provided a brief history of the Roman law to show how it could not rightly claim to have ruled even western Europe in an unbroken sequence and pictured William I, his barons, and those 'learned in the laws' (identified as 'the common Lawiers of that time, as Godric and Alfwin') gathering together as a parliament in the fourth year of the conquest to hear and confirm the 'former Laws of the Kingdome'. This vivid image of the historical triumph of the king-in-parliament appeared just in time for Selden's political career of the following decade. King James and his favourite, the marquess of Buckingham, forced Selden to withdraw Historie of Tithes from circulation, apologize to the … [Click Below for Full Description]
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