2 Eee1. Woodcut royal arms on title, type-ornament headpiece and factotum initial. (Somewhat stained and browned.) Disbound. | Christie's" /> BILL OF RIGHTS -- 1 Gul. & Mar. sess. 2, cap. 2, 16 December 1689: "An Act Declaring the Rights and Liberties of the Subject, and Settling the Succession of the Crown". London: Charles Bill and Thomas Newcomb, 1689. 2° (245 x 147mm). 9 leaves: Aaa-Ddd<V>2 Eee1. Woodcut royal arms on title, type-ornament headpiece and factotum initial. (Somewhat stained and browned.) Disbound. | Christie's
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    Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts including the Works of Charles Dickens

    1 June 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 182

    BILL OF RIGHTS -- 1 Gul. & Mar. sess. 2, cap. 2, 16 December 1689: "An Act Declaring the Rights and Liberties of the Subject, and Settling the Succession of the Crown". London: Charles Bill and Thomas Newcomb, 1689. 2° (245 x 147mm). 9 leaves: Aaa-Ddd2 Eee1. Woodcut royal arms on title, type-ornament headpiece and factotum initial. (Somewhat stained and browned.) Disbound.

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    BILL OF RIGHTS -- 1 Gul. & Mar. sess. 2, cap. 2, 16 December 1689: "An Act Declaring the Rights and Liberties of the Subject, and Settling the Succession of the Crown". London: Charles Bill and Thomas Newcomb, 1689. 2° (245 x 147mm). 9 leaves: Aaa-Ddd2 Eee1. Woodcut royal arms on title, type-ornament headpiece and factotum initial. (Somewhat stained and browned.) Disbound.

    FIRST EDITION OF THE ENGLISH BILL OF RIGHTS, "one of the great constitutional documents of English history" (Oxford Companion to the Law, p.132). The Declaration of Rights had been agreed between Parliament and William and Mary of Orange in February 1689 but without the force of law. The present Act embodies the Declaration, with two amendments, and assured the Protestant succession to the English Crown, thereby promoting the religion of the heir in favour of direct hereditary succession. In its title appears the word "rights" for the first time. The English Bill of Rights enshrined the free election of Members of Parliament, the right of subjects to petition the monarch, and that cruel and unusual punishment ought not to be inflicted, among other constitutional rights. Cf. L. Schwoerer, The Declaration of Rights, 1689, 1989, chap. 16.


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