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ENGLAND JAMES I]
Orders appointed by his Maiestie to be straightly observed for the preventing and remedying of the dearth of graine and other victuall. Dated the first day of Iune 1608.
Imprinted at London by Robert Barker printer to the Kings most excellent Maiestie. Anno Dom, 1608. 4to., (4) + 26 + (2)pp., including the first leaf (A1), blank except for woodcut signature on recto, and complete with the final blank (D4). A fine, crisp, copy with generous margins, the Rothamsted copy> (small gilt stamp on upper cover), bound in good 20th century cloth boards, spine gilt lettered. First edition. An urgent government attempt to unlock stores and caches of corn in order to supply an inflationary market which had left the labouring class struggling to feed itself. The 'Shiriffe and Justices of the Peace' in each county were ordered to 'diligently and carefully enquire, and make true and due search and triall, what number of persons of everie housholder that hath come in their barnes, stacks or other where, as well Justices of the Peace as others whatsoever, within the parish of ----------- have in their houses seeding, lying, and uprising, or otherwise to be fedde: what number of acras they have certainly to be sowen this yeere with any maner of graine: what bargaines they have made with any person for any kinde of graine to be solde, by, or to them: to whom and by whom, and upon what prices they have made the same, and what quantitie of any maner of graine, they, or any other have in their barnes, grainers, lofts, cellors, or floores, or otherwise to be delivered unto them upon any bargaine .'. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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