The Priviledges and Practice of Parliaments in England: Collected out of the Commou [sic] Lawes of this Land Seene and allowed by the Learned in the Lawes. Commended to the High Court of Parliament now Assembled

London: Bernard Alsop and Thomas Fawcett, 1640. [6], 46 p.; 8 cm. In plain brown wrapper with "Priviledges of Parliament" in ink on spine. Signatures: [A]4-F4 G2 (4to). Quire A is unsigned, except for printer's mark "3" on [A]3. D1 is unsigned; F3 missigned E3. Title Woodcut title vignette, headpieces, and initial. First published in 1628. Cf. STC 7749. STC (2nd ed.), 7750; Thomason, E.161[1]. The names of the printers, Bernard Alsop and Thomas Fawcett, are taken from STC. This tract originally printed by Alsop and Fawcett in 1628, probably was re-issued by them before the sitting of the Short Parliament, which sat from 13 April 1640 until dismissed by King Charles in 5 May 1640. Following that dismissal, Alsop and Fawcett printed a number of tracts in support of the rights of Parliament against the efforts of the king to increase his power without that body's backing. In Very Good Condition: lacking first (blank) leaf; "18" in ink in upper right-hand corner of title page; light foxing and soiling throughout; 4-cm. tear from fore-edge of last leaf with invisible (Japanese paper?) repair of part of tear touching text--no loss of text; a few letters rubbed off on p. 46. A very scarce pro-Parliament pre-English Civil War tract. Very Good. Item #001419

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