Animadversions upon M. Seldens History of Tithes, and His...
by Tillesley, Richard; Selden, John
1619. An Important Early Critical Response to Selden's Historie of Tithes Tillesley, Richard [1582-1621]. [Selden, John (1584-1654)]. Animadversions Upon M. Seldens History of Tithes, And his Review Thereof: Before Which (In Lieu of the Two First Chapters Purposely Pretermitted) is Premised a Catalogue of Seventy Two Authours, Before the Yeere 1215. Maintaining the Ius Divinum of Tythes or More, To be Payd to the Priesthood Under the Gospell. London: Printed by Iohn Bill, 1619. [xliv], 236 pp. Signature Q (pp. 121-128) misbound after Signature X (pp.161-168). First leaf blank except for a fleuron in a mortised ornament. Quarto (7-1/4" x 5-3/4") Contemporary limp vellum with lapped edges and fragments of thong ties, very faint later hand-lettered title to spine. Moderate rubbing and soiling, spine darkened, some chipping along bottom edge of front cover, rear pastedown loose. Attractive woodcut head and tail-pieces, woodcut arms of England to verso of title page. Moderate toning, somewhat heavier in places, some edgewear and chipping to front free endpaper, which has an owner signature dated 1815, tiny (library?) stamp to rear endleaf. A nice copy. * First edition. This volume contains one of the most important responses written by clerics in the controversy immediately following the publication of John Selden's Historie of Tithes (1618). Tillesley, Archdeacon of Rochester, disputes Selden's work because it finds a great deal of support for tithing under positive law and almost none under divine law. In other words, Selden questioned the divine right to tithes while supporting the right under positive law. This is no minor controversy; Stubbe cited the publication of Selden's and the controversy surrounding it as one of the leading causes of the English Civil War. As one would expect, Tillesley's work was widely lauded by clergy, nobility and royalty. A second edition was published in 1621. Both editions are scarce. OCLC locates 7 copies of the first edition in North American law libraries (Harvard, Northwestern, SMU, University of Georgia, University of Pennsylvania, UC-Berkeley, UT-Austin). English Short-Title Catalogue S117059. (Inventory #: 65294)
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