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Selden, John.
Tracts Written by John Selden of the Inner-Temple, Esquire, The...
1683. London 1683 1st ed. "The Pioneer of the Select Band of English Historians" Selden, John [1584-1654]. Tracts Written by John Selden of the Inner-Temple, Esquire. The First Entituled, Jani Anglorum Facies Altera, Rendred into English, With Large Notes Thereupon, by Redman Westcot, Gent. The Second, England's Epinomis. The Third, Of the Original of Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions of Testaments. The Fourth, Of the Disposition or Administration of Intestates Goods. The Three Last Never Before Extant. London: Printed for Thomas Basset, 1683. [xxxvi], 131; [9], 39; [5], 24 pp. Copperplate portrait frontispiece. Four works in one, the first preceded by general title page, the others by divisional title pages. (The last two tracts comprise the third part.) Folio (12-1/2" x 8"). Recent period-style quarter calf over marbled boards, gilt-edged raised bands and lettering piece to spine, endpapers renewed. General title page printed in red and black. Moderate toning, slightly heavier in places, occasional browning to margins, check marks in early hand to some passages, minor worming and soiling to a few leaves, light soiling to title page. A nice copy in a handsome binding. $750. * Only edition, one of two issues from 1683. The first two tracts, Jani Anglorum (The Reverse or Back-Face of the English Janus) and England's Epinomis, discuss the development of the common law and the English constitution through Magna Charta. Holdsworth regards Selden "as the first scientific historian of English law" and goes on to say that "his great intellectual qualities justify us in regarding him bo … [Click Below for Full Description]
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