The Table Talk of John Selden


Hardcover. Conditon: Good. 1854. Thomas Constable & Co. Ex-Libris.

Notes by David Irving, LL. D.

Edgewear, small tear in hinge (1cm) upper spine. Corners bumped. Ex-Libris book plate on back of front board "Richard Thomas Porter" Impressed stamp on front end page. Parts of mull are beginning to expose through a couple of pages, but on the whole interior is still neatly bound with clean pages and very little to no foxing.

The lawyer, politician and antiquarian John Selden (1584–1654) made his name as an expert on the ancient laws of England, though he was equally at home with classical and Judaic studies: Grotius described him as 'the glory of the English nation', and his advice was sought on all manner of legal and moral problems from tithes to cross-dressing. This collection of his remarks on many topics was compiled by his amanuensis Richard Milward and first published in 1689.