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The Historie of Tithes, That is, The Practice of Payment of Them. The
1618. Well-Preserved First Edition of Selden's Tithes Selden, John [1584-1654]. The Historie of Tithes, That is, The Practice of Payment of Them. The Positive Laws Made for Them. The Opinions Touching the Right of Them. A Review of It is Also Annext, Which Both Confirmes It and Directs in the Use of It. [London: s.n.], 1618. [vi], xxii, [12], 491, [5] pp. Quarto (7-1/2" x 5-1/2"). Contemporary calf with later rebacking, blind frames to boards, raised bands and gilt title to spine. Moderate rubbing to extremities, corners bumped and somewhat worn, a few scuffs to boards, front hinge cracked, rear hinge starting, a few cracks to text block, later armorial bookplate (of HHH) to front pastedown. Title page printed in red and black. Light toning to text, occasional neat underlining and a few brief annotations in early hand. A nice copy. * First edition, Variant F. (One of the eight variants, with all points indicated by Sweet & Maxwell). The History of Tithes, which was one of Selden's earliest writings, angered James I and the clergy because it questioned the divine right to impose tithes. Although it was suppressed by the Court of High Commission, the resulting controversy transformed Selden into a figure of national importance. His treatment by the church and state also encouraged his opposition to political absolutism, an idea that informs his later writings. Based on remarks in the dedication and on p. 449, Sweet & Maxwell believe this is not a true first edition. (The presumed earlier edition appears to be a ghost, however.) Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 1:194-5.
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