Copy of the First Book Printed in Alabama with a Notable Association Hitchcock, Henry [1795-1839], Compiler. The Alabama Justice of the Peace, Containing All the Duties, Powers and Authorities of That Office, As Regulated by the Laws Now in Force in This State: To Which is Added a Great Variety of Warrants, Recognizances, Bonds, Deeds of Bargain and Sale, Lease and Release, Of Trust, Mortgages, Bills of Sale, Contracts, And Other Precedents, Interspersed Under Their Several Heads; Together with the Constitution of the State of Alabama. Cahawba, Ala.: Published by William B. Allen. And for sale at the book-store of Ginn & Curtis., 1822. [ii], 494,  pp. Octavo (8-1/4" x 5"). Contemporary sheep, lettering piece and blind fillets to spine. Light rubbing to boards and extremities with some wear to corners, a few minor stains to boards, hinges starting, crack near rear of text block repaired with archival tape. Toning to text, occasional light dampstaining and foxing. Faint early owner initials (MB) to spine, "M. Bohannon" to foot of text block, Bohannon's signature and annotations to front free endpaper, which has a few holes repaired with archival tape, autograph document laid in. A well-preserved copy. $2,000. * Only edition. According to Owen, this was the first book printed in Alabama other than collected documents of the constitutional convention of 1819 and the journals and session laws of the general assembly. Hitchcock, who was Alabama's attorney general when he compiled this book, is an important figure in that state's history. He helped to write its constitution and went on to become chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. The autograph document, signed by Hitchcock, is dated July 9. 1822. It acknowledges receipt of his salary as attorney general. Owen, A Bibliography of Alabama 981. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 8316.
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