Sep 26, 2019 - Sale 2517

Sale 2517 - Lot 131

Price Realized: $ 1,188
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 800 - $ 1,200
(LAW.) Care, Henry. English Liberties, or The Free-Born Subject's Inheritance. viii, 350, [6] pages. 4to, contemporary calf, moderate wear; moderate foxing; original owner's signatures on front board and flyleaf, with grandson's 1829 inscription on flyleaf. Providence, RI: John Carter, 1774

Additional Details

Second American edition, after the 1721 Boston edition. A pre-Revolution printing of the Magna Carta and other statutes, accompanied by related essays. A note on page viii explains that this edition was "principally designed for America"; it was likely intended to remind the colonists of their rights. The subscriber list includes numerous Rhode Islanders who played important roles in the Revolution, including both war-era governors. Alden, Rhode Island 532; Evans 13185; Sabin 10819.
Provenance: subscriber Ephraim Willard (born 1743) of Rehoboth, MA and Warren, RI; his grandson Ephraim Willard Burr (1809-1894), who left Warren for San Francisco and served as the city's mayor in the 1850s.