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Cole, William.
A rod for the lawyers: Who are hereby declared to be the grand robbers & deceivers of the nation; greedily devouring yearely many millions of the peoples money.
Giles Calvert, London, 1659. First edition of this attack on professional lawyers and, on a larger scale, on general legal injustices as practiced by the ruling class against the commons. Cole, a self-professed lover of his country, added "a Word to the Parliament; and a Word to the Army" to this scathing diatribe against "this pestiferous Generation of the Lawyers [which] runs from City to Countrey, seeking whom they may devour" (p. [iii]). Uncommon: ESTC and WorldCat locate only three U.S. institutional holdings of this edition. A variant, lacking publisher information, was printed in the same year; the present example bears three woodcut headpieces and one foliated capital. 4to (18.2 cm, 7.2"). [4], 16 pp. ESTC R29637; Wing (rev. ed.) C5039A. Removed from a nonce volume, with early inked pagination added in upper outer corners. Final leaf with lower outer corner torn away, not nearing text; slim track of worming to lower inner leaf portions, not obscuring text and with unobtrusive translucent repairs to several instances. => A very nice copy of this uncommon polemic. [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: SessaBks (ABAA, ILAB) [Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.]
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