The First Law Book, And Second Book of Any Kind, Printed in Iowa [Iowa]. The Statute Laws of the Territory of Iowa, Enacted at the First Session of the Legislative Assembly of Said Territory, Held at Burlington, A.D. 1838-'39. Published by Authority. Du Buque: Russell & Reeves, Printers, 1839. [ii], 597,  pp. Final leaf of index and following errata sheet supplied as laid-in facsimiles. Octavo (8-1/4" x 5"). Recent calf, gilt rules to boards, title panel to front board, lettering piece and gilt fillets to spine, original endleaves retained. Light browning to text, some what heavier in places, occasional light foxing and dampstaining, marks in early hand to a few leaves, additional early notes and doodles to endleaves, which are soiled, "Davenport Court House" in early hand to front free endpaper. $500. * First edition. Part of the Louisiana Purchase, Iowa Territory, which included parts of present-day Minnesota and the Dakotas, was created in 1838. It became a state in 1846. The 1839 volume of statutes is significant because it was the first law book, and second book of any kind, printed in Iowa. Known as "The Old Blue Book," its influence extended beyond Iowa. According to Eberstadt, it was "for many years the law of all the country west of the Rocky Mountains between the forty-second and forty-ninth parallels of latitude." In addition to the statutes, which offer a valuable perspective on the early days of the territory, this volume includes the texts of the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, including the original non-ratified 13th Amendment, the Northwest Ordinance, the act establishing the territory and its organic law. Eberstadt, The Annotated Eberstadt Catalogs of Americana 111:297. Babbitt, Hand-List of Legislative Sessions and Session Laws 121.
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