The First Published Compilations of the Laws of St. Kitts and the Leeward Islands [Saint Kitts]. Acts of Assembly, Passed in the Island of St. Christopher; From 1711, to 1735, Inclusive. London: Printed by John Baskett, 1739. x, 182 pp. [Bound with] An Abridgment of the Acts of Assembly, Passed in the Island of St. Christopher; From 1711, To 1740, Inclusive. London: Printed by John Baskett, 1740. [ii], clvii-clviii, 169-198. [And] [Leeward Islands] Acts of Assembly, Passed in the Charibbee Leeward Islands, From 1690, To 1730. London: Printed by John Baskett, 1740. [v], [i], 24, [iv] pp. Folio (14-1/2" x 9-1/2"). Recent period-style quarter calf over cloth, raised bands and lettering piece to spine, vellum-covered corners, endpapers renewed. Each volume has identical attractive copperplate vignette featuring King George II, attractive woodcut initials, head-pieces and tail-pieces. Moderate toning, somewhat darker in places, occasional light foxing, internally clean, library stamps to title page of first title, a few library markings to its verso. An appealing copy in a handsome binding. $2,500. * Only editions. St. Christopher (St. Kitts) was discovered by Columbus in 1493. It was colonized by the British in 1623 and was the first British colony in the Leeward Islands. It was held jointly by the French and English from 1628 to 1713 and returned to exclusive British rule under the terms of the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713. Often bound together, these two volumes are the first published compilations of the laws of St. Kitts. Pp. 165-82 of the 1739 Acts of Assembly contain acts from 1739-1740. The third title is the first printed edition of acts of the government of the Leeward Islands (Antigua, Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis and Anguilla). Saint Kitts: OCLC locates 3 copies of the St. Kitts acts in North American law schools (Columbia, University of Michigan, Yale), one of the Leeward Islands (Harvard). Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 7:318-19, 310.
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