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SELDEN, J[ohn]. The Historie of tithes That is, The Practice of payment of them. The Positive laws made for them. The opinions touching the Right of them. A review of it Is also annext, which both Confirmes it an directs in the Use of it.

[London]. [s.n.], 1618. First edition.
Quarto. [6], xxii, [12], 491pp, [5]. Title page in red and black. Contemporary calf, later rebacked, contrasting red morocco lettering-piece. Boards marked and worn. Recent bookplate of Eric Gerald Stanley to FEP, small tape repair and remnant of armorial bookplate to verso of title page.
The first edition of lawyer and historical and linguistic scholar John Selden's (1584-1654) most celebrated work. Meticulously researched and supported by extensive marginal notes and a full bibliography of manuscript sources, The Historie of Tithes presents an alternative reading of the development of tithing in England, diverging from accepted contemporary discourse to conclude, despite conceding the legal right of the Church of England to collect tithes, the practice was without divine authority. This inflammatory notion led to the book being withdrawn from circulation, and the author forced to apologise to the privy council for the mistake of its publication. Selden was forced to endure the attacks of his critics in silence, however he would not retreat from his central thesis nor admit to presenting false evidence or interpretations.

ESTC records four variants of this edition with minor typographical changes, without assigning priority. In this printing, unlike the others, p.249 is correctly numbered.
ESTC S123286, STC 22172.5.
£ 375.00 Antiquates Ref: 20751