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.