THE CHARTER GRANTED BY THEIR MAJESTIES KING WILLIAM AND QUEEN MARY, TO THE INHABITANTS OF THE PROVINCE OF THE MASSACHUSETTS-BAY IN NEW ENGLAND. [bound with:] ACTS AND LAWS, OF HIS MAJESTY'S PROVINCE OF THE MASSACHUSETTS-BAY IN NEW-ENGLAND
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Boston. 1726.. ,14,18,,483pp. Folio. Original calf, elaborately stamped in gilt, rebacked to style duplicating the backstrip of the John Carter Brown Library copy in a similar binding. Moderate wear to boards. Internally quite clean. Near fine. This copy bears an exceptional colonial provenance, being inscribed on the front free endpaper from Jonathan Belcher, governor of Massachusetts and New Hampshire from 1730 to 1741. Belcher has inscribed it: "To the Honorable Sir Philip York His Majesty's Attorney General, from His most obedient, most faithfull, and most humble servant...." The inscription is dated Boston, Oct. 18, 1732. Philip Yorke (1690-1764), the 1st Earl of Hardwicke, was attorney general to George II from 1724. He was chief justice after 1733 and lord chancellor after 1737. Belcher also served as governor of New Jersey, appointed in 1747. A remarkable association copy, linking the laws of the Crown to their administrator in the colonies and their chief enforcer in England. The second collected laws of Massachusetts, preceded only by the 1699 edition. This copy includes the separately printed Charter (bound first), the full 1726 laws, and all of the session laws printed through July 1, 1732. A total of sixteen Evans items. EVANS 2762, 2900-2902, 3054-3057, 3182, 3306, 3307, 3440-3442, 3564, 3565. CHARLEMAGNE TOWER COLLECTION OF AMERICAN COLONIAL LAWS 215-230.
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