[WEBB, Philip Carteret]. The Question, whether a Jew, born within the British Dominions, was, before the making of the late Act of Parliament, a Person capable, by Law, to purchase and hold Lands to him, and his Heirs, Fairly Stated and Considered. By a Gentleman of Lincoln's-Inn. London: J. Roberts, 1753. 4o (245 x 183 mm). Two engraved folding facsimiles. Modern half calf, marbled boards. Roth Magna Bibliotheca Anglo-Judaica 114.
[Bound with:] [GROVE, Joseph]. A Reply to the Famous Jew Question. In which, from the public Records and other undoubted Authorities, is fully demonstrated, in Opposition to that elaborate Performance, That the Jews born here before the late Act were never intitled to purchase and hold Lands to them and their Heirs; But were considered only as Aliens or Vassals of the Crown. In a Letter to the Gentleman of Lincoln's-Inn. By a Freeholder of the County of Surry [i.e. Joseph Grove]. London: Printed for J. Robinson, J. Woodyer and J. Swan, . 4o. Roth Magna Bibliotheca Anglo-Judaica 120. Provenance: Thomas Astle (1735-1803), antiquary and palaeographer (ownership signature on title-page of the second work).
FIRST EDITIONS. Prior to the publication of the first work, the last session of Parliament debated an act that would permit Jews to apply to Parliament to be naturalized and thereby entitled to possess land. Webb (antiquary and politician, 1770-1770) argues for the passage of such an act, while Grove (biographer, d. 1764) argues against.