Complete First Folwell Edition with Swift's Index [United States]. [Congress]. [Folwell, Richard (1768?-1814), Printer]. [Swift, Zephaniah (1759-1823), Compiler of Index]. The Laws of the United States of America. Published by Authority. Philadelphia: Printed by Richard Folwell, 1796-1797. Three volumes. [iv], -494, [iv], -576; [iv], -477,  pp. Octavo (7-3/4" x 4-1/2"). Contemporary sheep, blind fillets to boards, lettering pieces, blind fillets and blind volume numbers to spines. Some rubbing to extremities, corners bumped and lightly worn, some shallow scuffing to boards, minor chipping to spine heads of Volumes I and III, inkstain to front joint of Volume III, its rear joint starting at foot, minor worming to rear boards of Volumes II and III, hinges of all volumes starting. Light toning, light foxing in a few places. An attractive set. $2,500. * Complete first edition (Volume III, though dated 1796, was not printed before 1797). Includes texts of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Treaty of Paris. A compilation of all acts passed by the first, second, third and fourth Congresses. Among these are the acts that established the War, Postal and Treasury departments, the judicial circuits, the Bank of the United States and the military academy at West Point and the city of Washington, D.C., authorized the census, passed the Copyright law, created the states of Kentucky, Vermont and Tennessee. Other interesting legislation includes the act to build six frigates to combat the Algerian corsairs and acts concerning the Whiskey Rebellion. Indian affairs are treated at length. Legislation includes several Indian treaties, an act establishing the President's right to create "trading houses" with Indian tribes, acts appointing Indian Agents, an act providing for a boundary line between settlers and Indians running west of the new Ohio territories (which settlers were not allowed to cross). Evans observes that this edition enjoys "many peculiar advantages," such as the cumulative 130-page index in Volume III compiled by Zephaniah Swift. This "copious, luminous index [comprises] in itself a complete digest of all the Laws of the United States." Evans notes also that Folwell's Volume I is frequently and erroneously replaced by the 1795 edition by Childs and Swaine. Evans, American Bibliography 31356, 3.
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