A COLLECTION OF THE STATUTES OF THE PARLIAMENT OF ENGLAND IN FORCE IN THE STATE OF NORTH-CAROLINA
by [North Carolina]
Newbern, N.C.: From the Editor's Press, 1792. xxvi,424,pp. including errata and subscribers list. Quarto. Antique-style three-quarter calf and marbled boards, spine gilt, leather label. Contemporary ownership inscriptions on titlepage. Text somewhat trimmed, costing some ownership inscriptions. Tanned, light foxing, tape repair and marginal loss to p.161. Else very good. An important legal reference for the early laws of the state, this collection prints all the British laws in force in North Carolina ten years after the end of the Revolution. Most of the penal and many of the civil laws in the state were based on Parliamentary statute and British custom; and the editor here goes all the way back to the era of the Magna Carta. He includes an extensive table of contents and index. It was printed by Francois- Xavier Martin, who set up as a printer in Newbern in the 1780s, was admitted to the North Carolina bar in 1789, and served the state until being appointed Attorney General of the Territory of Orleans. There were fewer than two hundred original subscribers to the work, and it was likely not printed in a quantity much larger than the original demand. McMURTRIE (NORTH CAROLINA) 180. SABIN 44870. EVANS 24627.
(Inventory #: WRCAM50117)
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