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[PARKER, Henry.]

The Case of Shipmony [sic] briefly discoursed,

according to the Grounds of Law, Policy, and Conscience. And Most Humbly Presented to the Censure and Correction of the High Court of Parliament, Nov. 3. 1640.

Published: [London:] Printed [by T. Harper], anno Dom. 1640

Stock code: 96597

Price: £750

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First edition(?) with the spelling “Policy” in the title; STC notes two other editions of the same year with the spelling “Policie”. The Case of Shipmony “occupies a special place in the history of English political thought: The Case of Shipmony may be the first intellectually significant political pamphlet of the Long Parliament era. In this crisp and well printed quarto, Parker, a publicist and man of affairs, used issues raised during John Hampden’s celebrated test case of 1637 to develop his own political views” (Michael Mendle, The English Experience: Its record in early printed books published in facsimile). From an important Sussex family, Parker (1604–1652) wrote anonymously, though he became well known under the pseudonym of the Observator in the pamphlet wars of the early and middle 1640s. See Michael Mendle, Henry Parker and the English Civil War: the Political Thought of the Public’s “Privado”, Cambridge, 1995.

Small quarto (170 126 mm), pp. 49. Recent boards, paper label to spine. Old pale red watercolour stain across word “Shipmony” in title and woodcut initial on page 1. Title page just shaved at top (touching letters in first line of title and a few running head numbers). Library stamp on blank verso of last leaf.

Bibliography: Goldsmiths' 708 (edition with "Policie" in the title); Kress 554; STC 19216.

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