ACTS PASSED AT THE FIRST SESSION OF THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA...[FIRST THROUGH THIRTIETH CONGRESS]
1849·Philadelphia & Washington
by [United States Laws]
Philadelphia & Washington, 1849. Thirty-one volumes. First three volumes (Folwell's edition of first through fourth Congresses): 494,; 576; 477,pp. plus pp. of index. For other volumes, see entries in Evans and Shaw & Shoemaker. Each volume is individually indexed. Bindings vary: Calf, half calf, sheep, or original wrappers. See below for full descriptions. Condition also varies, with significant wear or soiling affecting bindings on several volumes. Some scattered foxing, but still internally clean. Overall condition is quite good. An important and complete collection of United States laws for the period from 1789 through March 1849, beginning with the three volumes of the Folwell edition for the Acts of the first four Congresses (printed in 1796-97). The proceedings of the next twenty-six Congresses are here in the original publications of United States laws for that period. The first four volumes were printed in Philadelphia, but beginning with the sixth Congress in 1801, all the laws were printed in Washington. A highly important collection of the earliest laws of the nation, detailing all manner of interesting legal issues from the beginning of the federal government through the early 19th century. Included within these volumes are important treaties made with the Indian tribes of America; reports on the Louisiana Purchase; the Lewis and Clark expedition; the text of the Constitution; and a host of reports, acts, and other items of the greatest possible interest and importance for the history of the United States. A vast storehouse of raw historical material for the first half century of the Republic. The binding and condition details follow: First - Fourth Congresses (1789-96) in Folwell's edition of three volumes. Here in original sheep, red leather labels. First and third volumes with three hinges broken, carelessly repaired, spines ends bit chipped. Second volume quite nicely rebacked. Internally very good. Fifth Congress (1797-99). All three sessions bound together in contemporary sheep, leather label. Bit rubbed, else very good and tight. Sixth Congress (1800-1). Both sessions in original separate wrappers, untrimmed. Very good and clean. Seventh - Tenth Congresses (1802-9). Uniform contemporary half calf and marbled boards, leather labels. Extremities rubbed. Very good, internally clean. Eleventh Congress (1809-11). First two sessions bound together in original wrappers, untrimmed. Third session disbound, scattered foxing, marginal paper repairs to first five or so leaves. Twelfth Congress (1812-13). Both sessions bound together in contemporary sheep. Thirteenth Congress (1814-15). Both sessions bound together in contemporary sheep. Fourteenth - Sixteenth Congresses (1816-21). Bound in one volume of contemporary sheep, leather labels. Scuffed and worn. Seventeenth - Eighteenth Congresses (1822-25). Bound in one volume of three quarter sheep and boards. Edgeworn. Nineteenth - Twentieth Congresses (1826-29). Bound in one volume of three quarter sheep and boards. Edgeworn. Twenty-first - Twenty-second Congresses (1830-33). Bound in one volume of three quarter sheep and boards. Worn. Twenty-third - Twenty-fourth Congresses (1834-37). Bound in one volume of three quarter sheep and boards. Twenty-fifth Congress (1838-39). Bound in three quarter sheep and boards. Twenty-sixth Congress (1840-41). Both sessions in original separate printed wrappers. Fine, untrimmed. Twenty-seventh Congress (1842-43). Each of three sessions in original separate printed wrappers. Fine, untrimmed. Twenty-eighth Congress (1844-45). Both sessions in original separate printed wrappers, untrimmed. Second session lacks rear wrapper. Twenty-ninth Congress (1846-47). Both sessions in original separate printed wrappers. Spines chipped, else very nice, untrimmed. Thirtieth Congress (1848-49). Both sessions in original separate printed wrappers. Very good, untrimmed. EVANS 31356, 32973. (Inventory #: WRCAM24249)
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