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PARKER, Henry.

The Case of Shipmony Briefly Discoursed, according to the Grounds of Law, Policie, and Conscience.

And most humbly presented to the Censure and Correction of the High Court of Parliament, Nov. 3. 1640.

Published: [London:] Printed [by E. Purslowe], 1640

Stock code: 71020

Price: £450

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Listed in STC as the second printing (“policie” rather than “policy” in the title) of what “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 moniker of the Observator in the pamphlet wars of the early and middle 1640s.

Small quarto (174 133 mm), pp. 49. Early 20th-century marbled boards, titled in gilt up spine, bookplate of Thomas Edward Watson, St Mary’s Lodge, Newport. A very good copy.

Bibliography: STC 19216.

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