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Table Talk 1689

Being the Discourses of John Seldon, esq;

or his sence of various matters of weight and high consequence relating especially to religion and state.

Carefully Edited by Edward Arber

English Reprints

1868 - London - Alex Murray and Sons

6" by 4" - 120pp


 

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Nice copy of Selden's work, published posthumously with two pages of publishers ads to the rear and copy of original title page.

John Selden (December 16, 1584 November 30, 1654) was an English jurist, legal antiquary and oriental scholar.

It was, however, as a scholar and writer that Selden won his reputation. His first work, an account of the civil administration of England before the Norman Conquest, is said to have been completed when he was only twenty-two or twenty-three. But if this was the Analecion Anglo-Britannicon, as is generally supposed, he did not publish it until 1613. In 1610 three of his works came out: England's Epinomis and Janus Anglorum; Facies Altera, which dealt with the progress of English law down to Henry II; and The Duello, or Single Combat, in which he traced the history of trial by battle in England from the Norman Conquest.
Several of Selden's minor works were printed for the first time after his death, and a collective edition of his writings was published by Archdeacon Wilkins in 3 volumes folio in 1725, and again in 1726. Table Talk, for which he is perhaps best known, did not appear until 1689. It was edited by his amanuensis, Richard Milward, who affirms that "the sense and notion is wholly Selden's," and that "most of the words" are his also. Its genuineness has sometimes been questioned.

Several of Selden's minor works were printed for the first time after his death, and a collective edition of his writings was published by Archdeacon Wilkins in 3 volumes folio in 1725, and again in 1726. Table Talk, for which he is perhaps best known, did not appear until 1689. It was edited by his amanuensis, Richard Milward, who affirms that "the sense and notion is wholly Selden's," and that "most of the words" are his also. Its genuineness has sometimes been questioned.

CONDITION

The binding is generally firm although a couple of pages, including the title page,  are becoming slightly loose.  Both covers are firmly attached.  There is some minor wear to the extremities.  Internally the book is clean and bright throughout with no apparent marks.  There is an ownership plate to the front pastedown. 

 

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