The Case of Shipmony Briefly Discoursed, According to the Grounds of Law, Policie, and Conscience. And Most Humbly Presented to the Censure and Correction of the High Court of Parliament, Nov. 3. 1640
[London], 1640. Second Edition. Hardcover. Full calf with gilt titles to spine, boards detached, library plate to front pastedown, small embossed library stamp to title page and last leaf, some dust-soiling in places. ESTC: S114002 , Henry Parker trained as a lawyer, a profession he never pursued and his writings show his attitude to the common law ranging from scepticism to marked hostility. As a writer he came to public attention under the name 'Observator', a name derived from a pamphlet entitled "Observations upon some of his Majesties Late Answers and Expresses" which appeared early in July 1642. As the Observator, Parker was a central figure in the pamphlet wars of the early and middle 1640s and some of his observations, such as that the prince was ‘singulis major, universis minor’ (‘greater than any but less than the whole’), would shape the public discourse for several years. This earlier pamphlet, which was the first significant political pamphlet of the Long Parliament period, was attributed to Parker by his friend, the London bookseller and pamphlet collector, George Thomason, 4to ,  49  pp.
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