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Parliamentary Statutes.
London, Charles Bill 1692 - 111 William III & Mary II Joint monarchs. Parliamentary Statutes. London, Printed by Charles Bill, and the Executrix of Thomas Newcomb, deceas’d; Printers to the King and Queens most Excellent Majesties, 1692-1694. 50 issues in folio. 247p;( lacking no.V); pp285-511+[1 blank]; [4]p of tables; 454p; [4]p of tables. Old English & roman letter. Ornamental initials at beginnings of 1st pages. Royal arms on titles. Contemporary panelled calf with circular supralibros giltstamped in centres of sides imitating a mediaeval seal of the city of Dartmouth1, spine gilt; backstrip repaired. £1500 Statutes enacted by the House of Commons including no iii: ‘An act for granting rates and duties of excise upon beer, ale and other liquors ’(1692); no vi : ‘An act to prevent abuses committed by the traders in butter and cheese’(1692); no viii: ‘An act for prohibiting the importation of all foreign hair buttons‘(1692); no xvii: ‘An act for the regaining, encouraging and settling the Greenland trade’(1692) = a whale-fishing monopoly was granted to one company to end the existing hostile competition between merchant adventurers; no xvi: ‘ An act to prevent frauds by clandestine mortgages’ (1692), no xxiii: ‘An act for the more easie discoverie and conviction of such as shall destroy the game of this kingdom’(1692); no iii : ‘An act for the importation of fine Italian, Sicilian and Naples thrown silk’(1693 – silk , the most valuable of all raw material imports, was a luxury increasingly in demand by the affluent classes); no vi : ‘An act to prevent disputes and controversies concerning royal mines’(1693); no viii: ‘ An act for the relief of poor prisoners’ (1694); no ix: ‘An act which relates to weavers of cloath’ (1694); no x : ‘An act for relief of the orphans and other creditors of the City of London’(1694); no xvii : ‘An act for the exportation of iron, copper and mundick metal’(1694); no xx : ‘An act for granting rates and duties upon tonnage of ships and vessels ’ ((1694); no xxi : ‘An act for granting several duties upon vellum, parchment and paper for four years, towards carrying on the war against France’ (1694) = first vote on imposition of Stamp Duty ; no xxii: ‘An act for the licensing and regulating hackney –coaches and stage-coaches’ (1694); no xxv : ‘An act for the better discipline of their majesties navy royal’(1694). Three issues toned owing to quality of paper, otherwise in fresh condition. 1 The seal shows a figure of a king on a ship, thought to be Edward III who in 1341 had granted a charter to the famous seaport of Dartmouth on the coast of Devon; the city provided ships for Edward’s French wars and was mentioned by Chaucer; the legend reads ‘sigillum commune dec – Dertmvthe’ (The common seal of the honour of Dartmouth); an ‘honour’ meaning a group of manors. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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