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The History of the Clemency of our English Monarchs The Usage Prisoners, Who Surrender'd at Discretion, have met with from Their Hands [With] The Hardships Occasioned by the Oaths to the Present Government Consider'd and Argu'd

By [Matthias Earberry]; [Reynolds]

1717

Printed for the Author; John Morphew : London

7.5" by 5"

[7], 2-112pp; 28pp, 32pp

 

 

 

DETAILS

Three scarce political and historical pamphlets bound together. The works discuss the roles of monarchy, clemency and government oaths. Two of the pamphlets are by Matthias Earberry.

Being the first edition of 'The History of Clemency.' 'The History of Clemency' is the issue with commas after 'Prisoners' and 'Discretion' to the title page as well as an errata slip stuck over the printer's ornament on p.88. ESTC no T36474. Collated, complete. The work has been published anonymously by 'M E'. This has since been attributed to Matthias Earbery. Earbery was an author and nonjuring cleric. This work is an historical look at the monarchs of England and their acts of grace and pardons. The work starts with William the Conqueror and details many pardons given by the monarchy, as well as their right to the Royal prerogative of mercy. 'The Hardships occasioned by the Oaths to the Present Government Consider'd and Argu'd' is the third edition published the same year as the first edition. ESTC no. N7166. The author of this work is stated as 'a well-wisher to his country'. The ESTC states that this work is sometimes attributed to Reynolds, a dissenter. This work discusses numerous Oaths, to God and to the monarchy. The author discusses the oaths and how some have a problematic nature. 'An Historical Account of the Advantages that have Accru'd to England by the Succession in the Illustrious House of Hanover' is an early edition of this work, also commonly attributed to Mathias Earbery. ESTC No. T36291. This edition has the title page ornament consisting of eight fleurons forming a rectangle. This pamphlet accuses the King of putting Hanoverian interests ahead of those in Britain. Included are references to the South Sea Bubble and commercial affairs in the East and West Indies. Matthias Earberry was an industrious participant in historical and theological controversy; his bias was consistently broad-church and Whig. With the bookplate of Robert Dundas to the front pastedown. This bookplate may well belong to Robert Dundas of Arniston the Elder, or a descendant from his family. Robert Dundas of Arniston, the Elder, was a Scottish lawyer, judge and politician.

CONDITION

In a quarter calf binding with paper covered boards. Externally, generally smart. Rubbed to the boards. Bookplate to front pastedown, Robert a Dundas. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are slightly age toned. Tidemark to the title page of 'An Historical Account of the Advantages' which also affects the other leaves to this volume. Closed tear to the preface of the first work to this volume from the gutter heading towards the centre of the page. No longer than 3cm. Occasional scattered spots to pages.

Overall Condition: Good

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