A Moderate, Seasonable Apology for Indulging just Christian Liberty to Truly Tender Consciences, Conforming to the Publike Liturgy.
first editionTitle within typographic border and headpieces. 4to
by Prynne, William
London: Printed for the Author by T[homas] C[hilde] and L[eonard] P[arry], 1662. First edition, large-paper copy. Title within typographic border and headpieces. 4to. Contemporary blue morocco, gilt roll-tooled double border with lily stamps at four corners, gilt-stamped arms of Charles II in center of each cover; joints worn, upper joint mended, extremities rubbed, lightly browned, a few marginal spots or smudges. First edition, large-paper copy. Title within typographic border and headpieces. 4to. Dedication copy to King Charles II. Prynne (1600-1669), the ardent Puritan controversialist twice convicted of sedition and tortured, was forgiven at the Restoration and appointed by the King as keeper of the records in the Tower of London. "F. W. Maitland called this aspect of Prynne's career 'heroic' ... There was a double heroism: the physical labour that Prynne described, but also the intellectual rescue of a historical feudal law from the myth of an ancient constitution (to which Prynne in the 1630s, as a disciple of Coke, had himself subscribed). The Commons' claim to sovereignty could not stand up to the scrutiny of sources; the king's imperial powers, on the other hand, were given a heightened vindication" (ODNB). Wing P4011; ESTC R5505. Cf. BL C.23.e.6 for same armorial stamp. Provenance: Clarence S. Bemens (bookplate); Robert S. Pirie (bookplate)
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