1711. A Resented 1711 Act to Reserve Colonial Pine Trees for the Use of the Royal Navy [Great Britain]. [Parliament]. [American Colonies]. An Act for the Preservation of White and Other Pine-Trees Growing in Her Majesties Colonies of New Hampshire, The Massachusets-Bay, And Province of Main, Rhode-Island, And Providence-Plantation, The Narraganset Country, Or Kings-Province, And Connecticut in New-England, And New York, And New-Jersey, In America, For the Masting of Her Majesties Navy. London: Printed for the Assigns of Thomas Newcomb, And Henry Hills, 1711. [ii], 387-388 pp. Small folio (10-3/4" x 7-1/4"). Disbound, stab-stitched, light toning, a few tiny smiudges. Woodcut arms of Great Britain to title page, internally clean. $250. * First edition. White pine timber was an ideal material for masts. In order to ensure a supply of this wood for the Royal Navy, Parliament passed the White Pine Act of 1711. Extending the scope of a 1691 act for Massachusetts, the act prohibited colonists from felling any white pine trees larger than 24 inches in diameter. It was one of the first Parliamentary acts to inspire colonial resistance. Although it remained in force until the Revolution, colonists subverted, resisted and evaded this law on a regular basis. Bibliographically distinct, this imprint is a one of the session laws issued under general title pages beginning Anno Regni Annae Reginae Magnae Britanniae, Franciae, & Hiberniae. These were issued serially over the course of the legislative session and gathered up into volumes at the end of the term. English Short-Title Catalogue N52280. (Inventory #: 67751)
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