The Rights of the Clergy of that Part of Great-Britain, Call'd..
by Nelson, William
1715. The Rights of English Clergymen Nelson, William [b. 1653]. The Rights of the Clergy of that Part of Great-Britain, Call'd England. As Established by the Canons, The Common Law, And the Statutes of the Realm. Being A Methodical Collection Under Proper Titles, Of All Things Relating to the Clergy, Which Lie Dispersed in the Volumes of Those Laws. But chiefly of Such Things Which Depend on Acts of Parliament, And upon Solemn Resolutions of the Judges in the Courts at Westminster, In Cases Concerning the Rights Duties, Power and Privileges of the Clergy. London: Printed for John Hooke, 1715. xii, , 578 pp. Title printed in red and black. Two tables of consanguinity (referring to unlawful marriages). Includes a four-page publisher catalogue. Octavo (7-1/2" x 4-1/2"). Contemporary calf, blind rules to boards, blind fillets along joints, rebacked in period style, lettering piece, raised bands and blind ornaments to spine, hinges mended. Light rubbing and a few minor nicks to boards, corners bumped and worn. Early bookseller ticket and armorial bookplate (of William Morris Colles, DD) to front pastedown. Title page printed in red and black. Some toning to text, light foxing in places, signature at end of text block partially detached and lightly edgeworn (but secure), light soiling to title page, marks in light pencil to a few leaves. Ex-library. Faint inkstamp to front pastedown. An appealing copy. $200. * Second edition, "With Great Additions." The contents are arranged alphabetically by topic. The subjects discussed range from abbies and adultery, dispensations and excommunication to penance, preaching and visitation. The first edition was published in 1712, the third and final edition in 1732. Nelson was a highly skilled and versatile legal writer. In addition to treatises on evidence, game law, land tenure and a notable JP manual, Nelson produced editions of Dalton's Countrey Justice, Blount's Nomo Lexicon and Manwood's Laws of the Forest. All three editions are scarce. OCLC locates 3 copies of the second edition in North American law libraries (Columbia, Harvard, Library of Congress). English Short-Title Catalogue N12926. (Inventory #: 65873)
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