The Right of Succession to the Kingdom of England, in Two Books; Against the Sophisms of Parsons the Jesuite, Who assum'd the Counterfeit Name of Doleman; By which he endeavours to overthrow not only the Rights of Succession in Kingdoms, but also the Sacred Authority of Kings themselves. Thomas CRAIG.
The Right of Succession to the Kingdom of England, in Two Books; Against the Sophisms of Parsons the Jesuite, Who assum'd the Counterfeit Name of Doleman; By which he endeavours to overthrow not only the Rights of Succession in Kingdoms, but also the Sacred Authority of Kings themselves....
The Right of Succession to the Kingdom of England, in Two Books; Against the Sophisms of Parsons the Jesuite, Who assum'd the Counterfeit Name of Doleman; By which he endeavours to overthrow not only the Rights of Succession in Kingdoms, but also the Sacred Authority of Kings themselves....

The Right of Succession to the Kingdom of England, in Two Books; Against the Sophisms of Parsons the Jesuite, Who assum'd the Counterfeit Name of Doleman; By which he endeavours to overthrow not only the Rights of Succession in Kingdoms, but also the Sacred Authority of Kings themselves....

London: Printed by M. Bennett for Dan. Brown, 1703. Hardcover. 4to. Original decorative-tooled full calf with modern calf rebacking, compartments. (34pp), 431pp, (18pp). Very good overall. Text block is lovely -- bright, crisp and free of foxing -- while pastedowns are moderately age toned and lightly mottled; modern calf spine is bright and nice and original calf boards are edgeworn and scuffed; old but neat, discreet and strong paper strengthening strip along both pastedown gutters. Item #47251

First English-language edition, as translated by James Gatherer (the "J.G." of the six-page Dedication), the 1603 true first edition having been (to cite title page) "Written Originally in Latin above 100 Years since...." The late 16th/early 17th century produced a litany of "succession tracts" -- debates over the merits and status of the many possible successors to Quen Elizabeth I. In 1594 a pseudonymous R. Coleman, in "A Conference about the Next Succession to the Crowne of Ingland," proposed an elective rather than hereditary monarchy, a suggestion largely condemned by subsequent commentators on the controversy -- including Craig.

Price: $1,250.00

See all items in Books, Odds & Ends
See all items by