St. Louis, Louisiana Territory (i.e. Missouri): Printed by Joseph Charless, 1810. 39,pp. Expertly bound to style in period tree calf and marbled boards, spine gilt, morocco label. Very good. One of the earliest Missouri, and therefore Trans- Mississippi, imprints. Following the Louisiana Purchase, Louisiana Territory was divided into two districts, with the upper district becoming Missouri Territory in 1812. This work is a supplement and revision to the first Laws of Louisiana Territory, printed at St. Louis by Joseph Charless in 1808. Charless was the first printer in Missouri. An Irish emigré, he fled to Philadelphia and worked for Mathew Carey in Philadelphia before relocating to Louisville and thence to St. Louis in the summer of 1808. Upon his arrival, he was made the official printer to the territory. An exceedingly scarce item; Lathrop Harper, sold an example in 1941 for $450. Only a handful of copies listed in OCLC. SHAW & SHOEMAKER 20593. AII (MISSOURI) 4.
(Inventory #: WRCAM49267)
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