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CHARLES II]
His Majesties most gracious and Royal Commission, for the relief of poor distressed prisoners. Published by Authority.
London printed for M.D. and are to be sold by Nathaniel Webb at the Royal Oak in St Pauls Church-yard neer the little North-door of St. Pauls Church, 1664. small 4to., (5) + 13 + (1)pp., including the leaf with the printer's emblem ('Royal Oake'), and with the frontispiece leaf with the royal arms, in a fine contemporary-style binding by Trevor Lloyd of quarter calf and marbled boards, spine gilt and lettered with raised bands. A fine, crisp, copy with generous margins. A commission intended to distinguish between 'obstinate and wilful debtors' on the one hand, and those debtors who 'were truly and indeed poor, distressed and miserable, and wanted means to satisfie their creditors'. In spite of the 1869 Act for the abolition of imprisonment for debt,> [and] for the punishment of fraudulent debtors,> thousands of debtors continued to be imprisoned each year well into the 20th century. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
Bookseller: John Drury Rare Books ABA ILAB [Manningtree, United Kingdom]
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