The Last Compilation of Texas Law Published Before the Civil War Oldham, Williamson S., Compiler. White, George, Compiler. A Digest of the General Statute Laws of the State of Texas: To Which Are Subjoined the Repealed Laws of the Republic and State of Texas, By, Through, or Under Which Rights Have Accrued; Also, the Colonization Laws of Mexico, Coahuila and Texas, Which Were in Force Before the Declaration of Independence by Texas. Published by Authority of the Legislature. Austin: Printed by John Marshall & co., 1859. [iv], [iii]-iv, 836,  pp. Octavo (10" x 6"). Early 20th-century cloth retaining original red and black lettering pieces, small library shelf label to foot of spine, endpapers renewed. Light shelfwear and soiling, a few minor spots and stains, front endleaf partially detached, cracks in text block before title page and after final index leaf. Light toning to text, light soiling and two small library stamps to title page, a few library marks to its verso. $850. * First edition. An essential Texas law title, this was the third compilation of Texas laws and the final compilation published before the Civil War. It includes a thorough index and unabridged texts of several key documents, such as the Articles of Annexation, the Joint Resolution for the Admission of the State of Texas into the Union, the Texas and United States Constitutions. A one-page addenda at rear adds "An Act to Encourage the Reclamation of Slaves, Escaping Beyond the Limits of the Slave Territories of the United States," that was "accidentally overlooked" by the compilers. Jenkins, Basic Texas Books 69. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 5734.50.
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