1721 Compilation of Laws Concerning Religion and Education in the English Colonies in America Trott, Nicholas [1663-1740]. The Laws of the British Plantations in America, Relating to the Church and the Clergy, Religion and Learning. Collected in One Volume. London: Printed for B. Cowse, 1721. [iv], ix, , 435,  pp. Folio (14-1/2" x 9-1/4"). Recent period-style quarter calf over marbled boards, raised bands and lettering piece to spine, speckled edges, endpapers renewed. Title page printed in red and black, title and text printed within ruled borders, woodcut head-pieces, tail-pieces and initial letters. Moderate toning to text, light foxing in a few places, repairs to clean tears to two leaves, upper corner of title page repaired, faint library stamp to verso. $3,000. * First edition. Trott was a judge, legal scholar and biblical scholar. Born into a prosperous commercial family with ties to Bermuda and the Bahamas, he spent most of his professional life in America. He was chief justice of South Carolina from 1703 until 1719. In 1718 he became famous as the judge who tried the pirate Stede Bonnet. His keen interest in the promotion of religion and education is reflected in his compilation of colonial laws on those topics. It covers South and North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, the New England states, Bermuda and Britain's Carribean possessions: Barbados, Antigua, Nevis, Montserrat and St. Christopher. The preface includes a bibliography. A second edition was published in 1725. Both are quite scarce in commerce; the last two auctions records, both of first editions, are from 2014 and 1962. OCLC locates 7 copies of the first edition in North American law libraries (Columbia, Harvard, Library of Congress, New England Law School, UC-Berkeley, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota). English Short-Title Catalogue T78926.
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