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  • Proceedings and Debates of the House of Commons in 1620 and 1621 – Sir Thomas Tyrwhitt from a Period Manuscript by Sir Edward Nicholas – Two Volumes First Edition 1766

    Proceedings and Debates of the House of Commons in 1620 and 1621 – Sir Thomas Tyrwhitt from a Period Manuscript by Sir Edward Nicholas – Two Volumes First Edition 1766

    Title continues…. Collected by a Member of that House. And now Published from his Original Manuscript, in the Library of Queen’s College, Oxford.

    Published by the Clarendon Press, 1766. Two volumes, octavo, 375 pages and 264 pages after preliminaries and with addendum. Complete, and bound in original mottled calf, spine gilt with raised bands and original red leather title labels. A little age, hinges tender but holding will. A genuine antiquarian look.

    Edited by Sir Thomas Tyrwhitt a classical scholar who had been educated at Eton and Queen’s College, Oxford. In 1756 he was under-secretary of war, and then in 1762 clerk of the House of Commons. The original manuscript is attributed to Sir Edward Nicholas, Member for Winchelsea in 1620/21.

    A scarce and valuable source on the political history of James I. Parliament of the day was a source of funds for James and it did not sit for periods if it incurred his displeasure. The country was in a poor economic state. The period was one when patents were used to create monopolies and hence wealth. Conflict arose were the King who felt that allowing patents was a Royal prerogative and Members sought Parliament to control them for personal gain. There was even an attempt to patent Beggars meaning they would be licenced and have to pay an annual fee to the patent holder!

    Serious history plays out … Edward Coke a favourite of Queen Elizabeth I speaks regularly. He had been England’s leading law maker … tried Raleigh and the Gunpowder Plot Accused. Here later in life he continues his hatred of Sir Francis Bacon (now Viscount St Alban). His investigations discover that Bacon had taken bribes and he was soon off to the Tower.

    James in order to raise money through dowry was planning to marry Prince Charles off to a Spanish Princess. Coke campaigned against this preferring war with Spain. James had had enough and told Parliament that it was to wrap up before its term was due. Coke continued to argue and shortly after these journals he too finds himself in the Tower.

    Floyd made rude remarks about the young Royals and found himself riding backward on a horse holding its tail to three different pillory sites … with a paper in his head defining his crime and then off to a place much worse than the Tower … the Fleet Prison.

    Rare details of Parliamentary goings on when it was more interesting than today.

    $390.00

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  • A Discourse On the Late Funds of the Million-Act, Lottery-Act and Bank of England – John Briscoe 1696

    Title continues … Shewing, That they are … Ruinous to the Trade of the Nation. Together with Proposals for the Supplying their majesties with Money on Easy Terms.

    Extremely rare, despite being a third edition printed London by J.D. for Andrew Bell, 1696.

    Small octavo, iv, 187 pages plus adverts. Bound in 19th Century half calf, rubbed with old library stamps to title and last. Excuse it for its rarity. This is an expanded version of a pamphlet issued by Briscoe in 1694.

    John Briscoe was a prolific land bank projector. He showed, using detailed costings the very high cost of the Treasury borrowing through the various Acts set up to do so .. and, importantly the newly established [1694] Bank of England.

    Briscoe’s plan was based on the future rental income that could be expected from land, and his principles contained quite some modern theory.

    Briscoe made the link between an increase in the supply of money and greater economic activity.

    According to Briscoe, the new bills would be “to all intents as useful as money; it will be an introducing so many fresh-monied men into the Kingdom with several millions more than was before, for the supply of their Majesties”.

    He was motivated to find a means by which the Government could borrow at a low rate in interest, and simultaneously improving the capital of the land owners … “Gentlemen will have an opportunity of improving their estates by building, planting, draining or watering their land”.

    Briscoe managed to raise Pounds 100,000 for his bank … but it was not enough

    Extremely rare Banking Theory from 1696

    $490.00

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  • Bookplate of Sir Samuel James Way Bart – Chief Justice c1910

    Bookplate of Sir Samuel James Way Bart – Chief Justice c1910

    An original woodcut bookplate, over 100 years old, of Sir Samuel James Way (1836-1916). 13cm by 9.5cm in very good condition.

    Sir Samuel was Chief Justice of South Australia and Lieutenant Governor. He was invited to the Privy Council but had to give it up partly due to confusion as to who was to pay him. He was knighted in 1899 so we are pretty sure this bookplate was designed for him late in life.

    Postage will be reduced to cost on final billing.

    Sir Samuel James Way – Leading South Australian

    $30.00

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  • The Murder of Alma Tirtschke – A Challenge to T.C. Brennan – By Madame Ghurka Prenologist 1923

    The Murder of Alma Tirtschke – A Challenge to T.C. Brennan – By Madame Ghurka Prenologist 1923

    Colin Ross was accused of the ‘violation and throttling’ of a young girl, Alma Tirtschke, whose body was found near Gun Alley, Melbourne.

    Ross was found guilty and executed in April 1922.

    His defence counsel, T.C. Brennan, was convinced of his client’s innocence published his opinions in “The Gun Alley Tragedy”.

    Madame Ghurka a phrenologist in the Eastern Arcade, (and a key witness for the prosecution) wrote this extraordinary response to the deliberate and malicious lies that Brennan made regarding Madame Ghurka in The Gun Alley Tragedy.

    Octavo, 138 pages in original wrappers, with tape holding the front cover on and quite grubby. Still a good copy … and try to find another one … only second time we have seen it in a dozen or so years.

    Very scarce publication relating to a sensational Australian murder case in Melbourne in 1923

    $120.00

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  • Nest of Traitors – The Petrov Affair – Nicholas Whitlam and John Stubbs – First Edition 1974.

    Nest of Traitors – The Petrov Affair – Nicholas Whitlam and John Stubbs – First Edition 1974.

    Published by the great Jacaranda Press, Brisbane and printed by long established Watson Ferguson & Co. Octavo, 259 pages and in very good near fine condition.

    Twenty years after the Petrov Affair the story is revisited with new information including Burton’s secret submission to the Royal Commission

    Final word on Petrov?

    $40.00

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  • (Professor Sydney Sparkes) Orr – W.H.C. Eddy – 1961

    (Professor Sydney Sparkes) Orr – W.H.C. Eddy – 1961

    Published by the superb Jacaranda Publishers, Brisbane in 1961. Thick octavo, 764 pages, complete dust jacket and all in very good condition.

    Controversial then and would be now as well as the book. For those not from Tasmania, Sydney Sparkes Orr was a Belfast born Professor of Philosophy who was accused of misconduct involving a young student. The processes that led to his dismissal were unusual and it went all the way to the High Court of Australia. Pretty lengthy evaluation by Orr supporter Eddy who suggest that the circumstances parallel Dreyfus although we are not so sure.

    A forceful account that may not sit well today

    $40.00

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