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Instructions agreed upon in Parliament, for Commissioners, for surveying the Forest of Sherwood; the Forest, or Chase of Needwood; the Forest, or Chase of Kingswood; the Forest, or Chase of Ashdown, or Lancaster great Park; and Endfield Chase. . At the Parliament begun at Westminster the 17th day of September, Anno Domini, 1656.
London: printed by Henry Hills and John Field printers to His Highness, 1657. folio, (2) + 14pp., printed in black letter, with a woodcut of the Commonwealth arms (Steele 51A) on title-page, well bound in 20th century calf-backed marbled boards, spine gilt lettered. A fine, crisp, copy. First edition, with the last line on p.1 ending 'Commonwealths'. The Commissioners, all here named, include six for Sherwood Forest, viz. Joseph Ayloffe, Thomas Skipwith, Jeremy Baynes, Adam Ayre, James Robinson and William Marr. They were required not only to survey the extent and boundaries of the forest but also to discover claims to ownership. Claims were to be decided following a public inquiry although there was also a system of appeals to a committee of four chaired by Lord Lambert. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: John Drury Rare Books ABA ILAB [Manningtree, United Kingdom]
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