Church of England Land Enclosed

An Argumentative Appeal addressed to the Right Reverend the Bishops, and the Body of Parochial Clergy, on the Modes of Raising Money for the Improvement of Church Lands, in Cases of Enclosure; suggesting a Plan less exceptionable than any hitherto adopted.

iv, 51, [1] pp. 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed marbled boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. London: B. White and Son et al., 1788.

First edition. Land enclosure in 18th-century Britain was highly controversial: it consolidated small landholdings into larger farms, ceasing to be common land for communal use. Oftentimes, landowners, including the Church, were not adequately compensated upon suffering enclosure on their properties.

Turner (1739-1826), took his degree at Emmanuel College, Cambridge and was rector of Wing. This work was written on the occasion of the enclosure of one of his livings, given to him by the Crown in 1788, and in it Turner endeavored to call to the attention of the heads of the Church and the public various instances of injustice done to Church revenues by the manner in which enclosures were managed.

Fine copy. Scarce.

Price: $1,850.00

Item ID: 6471

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