1642 1st ed Privileges of Baronage of England English Nobility Hunting Selden

SELDEN, John

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“Ignorance of the law excuses no man; not that all men know the law, but because ’tis an excuse every man will plead, and no man can tell how to refute him.”

― John Selden

 

John Selden is generally considered England’s first legal historian. He questioned all of his contemporaries and their definition of ‘history.’ He spent time trying to discover history by researching the past, more so than that of his colleagues. He claimed, as seen in the quote above, that men of knowledge did not learn from the past, nor did they seek to discover the past.

 

This first edition treatise by Seldon asserts the privileges and benefits of the titles of the English nobility. These benefits include the appointment of judicial figures such as judges, freedom to hunt in King’s Forests, being heard by officers and deputies, and government influence. This editing includes “the extracts from the French Records” (Hazlitt)

 

This book was known to be in Benjamin Franklin’s library and the Pepys Library. (Wolf & Hayes 3051; Knighton 447).

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1642 1st ed Privileges of Baronage of England English Nobility Hunting Selden

 

“Ignorance of the law excuses no man; not that all men know the law, but because ’tis an excuse every man will plead, and no man can tell how to refute him.”

― John Selden

 

John Selden is generally considered England’s first legal historian. He questioned all of his contemporaries and their definition of ‘history.’ He spent time trying to discover history by researching the past, more so than that of his colleagues. He claimed, as seen in the quote above, that men of knowledge did not learn from the past, nor did they seek to discover the past.

 

This first edition treatise by Seldon asserts the privileges and benefits of the titles of the English nobility. These benefits include the appointment of judicial figures such as judges, freedom to hunt in King’s Forests, being heard by officers and deputies, and government influence. This editing includes “the extracts from the French Records” (Hazlitt)

 

This book was known to be in Benjamin Franklin’s library and the Pepys Library. (Wolf & Hayes 3051; Knighton 447).

 

Item number: #1537

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SELDEN, John

 

The priviledges of the baronage of England : vvhen they sit in Parliament. Collected (and of late revised) by John Selden of the Inner Temple Esquire out of the Parliament rolles, and journalls patent, and close rolls ; the crowne rolls, the proceedings of the English courts at Westminster, the register of the arch-bishop of Canterbury, and the delegates yeare-bookes, of the common law, statutes & other good authorities, and in such sort that frequently the words of the chiefest testimonies are transcribed, least the freedome of the reader.

 

London : Printed by T. Badger for Matthew Wallbanck, and are to be sold at his shop at Grase-Inne Gate, 1642. First edition.

 

Details:

  • Collation complete with all pages: [6], 167p
  • References: Wing S 2434; ESTC R 10915; Wolf & Hayes 3051; Knighton 447; Hazlitt 551;
  • Binding: Leather; front board detached but present
  • Language: English
  • Size: ~5.75in X 3.75in (14.5cm x 9.5cm)

 

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1537

Category

European History

Authors

SELDEN, John

Printing Date

17th Century

Language

English

Binding

Leather

Book Condition

Excellent

Collation

Complete