The Grants, Concessions and Original Constitutions of the Province...
by New Jersey; Leaming, Aaron; Spicer, Jacob
1758. The First Retrospective Compilation of New Jersey Law [New Jersey]. Leaming, Aaron, Compiler. Spicer, Jacob Compiler. The Grants, Concessions, And Original Constitutions of the Province of New-Jersey: The Acts Passed During the Proprietary Governments, And Other Material Transactions Before the Surrender Thereof to Queen Anne, The Instrument of Surrender, And Her Formal Acceptance Thereof, Lord Cornbury's Commission and Instructions Consequent Thereon. Collected by Some Gentlemen Employed By the General Assembly, And Afterwards Published by Virtue of an Act of the Legislature of the said Province With Proper Tables Alphabetically Digested, Containing the Principal Matters in the Book. Philadelphia: Printed by W. Bradford, . [iv], 763 pp. Folio (11-1/4" x 7"). Later sheep, raised bands, black fillets and red and black lettering pieces to spine. Light rubbing to boards and spine and extremities, small recent bookseller ticket to front pastedown. Internally quite clean and fresh, with very light foxing in places, small tear to fore-edge of leaf Z6 (pp. 549-550). A very appealing copy. * First edition. With indexes for East Jersey and West Jersey. The third official compilation of New Jersey law, and the scarcest according to Felcone, it is the first to print fundamental laws, constitutions and documents from 1663 to 1702 and session laws from 1668 to 1702. "This handsome volume, generally known as Leaming and Spicer's Laws, was prepared under the authority of an act of Assembly passed in 1752, and is the largest work issued from the press of Wm. Bradford. Subscribers' names were first solicited in February, 1755, the compilers having spent nearly two years in its preparation. Three more years were consumed in printing, and it was not until May, 1758, that it was ready for delivery. Up to that time 170 copies had been subscribed for, and the editors say, in the Pennsylvania Journal, May 11. 1758, 'a number of copies yet remain not subscribed for,' and 'any person may be supplied' until 'the 17th of July next, after which we will not further extend the sale'": The Charlemagne Tower Collection of American Colonial Laws 165. Felcone, New Jersey Books 156. (Inventory #: 65263)
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