Complete Sets of Bioren's Laws and Its Continuation Volumes [United States]. [Colvin, J[ohn] B. (d. 1827), Compiler]. [French, Benjamin B. French (1899-1877), Compiler]. [Bioren, John, Printer]. Laws of the United States of America, From the 4th of March, 1789, to the 4th of March, 1815, Including The Constitution of the United States, The Old Act of Confederation, Treaties, and Many Other Valuable Ordinances and Documents; With Copious Notes and References. Philadelphia: John Bioren and W. John Duane, 1815. 5 volumes. Complete. [And] Colvin, John B. [and Others], Compilers. Laws of the United States of America, From the 4th of March, 1821, To the [3rd of March, 1845].... Corresponding With, And Intended as a Continuation of, The Edition of Bioren & Co. as Published by Authority of an Act of Congress. Washington, DC: Printed and Published by Davis & Force [and other publishers], 1822-1845. 5 volumes (numbered 6-10). Complete. Octavo (9-1/4" x 5-1/2"). Twentieth-century library cloth, red and black calf lettering pieces and small paper location labels, some fragmentary, to spines, endpapers renewed. Light soiling and shelfwear, spine ends and corners lightly bumped, some nicks and chipping to lettering pieces, front hinge of Volume 6 cracked. Moderate toning, light foxing and light browning in places, library stamps and marks to title pages, title page and following leaf of Volume 6 partially detached, most volumes have a few dog-eared leaves. $2,500. * First editions. Volume I contains the text of the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and the proposed thirteenth amendment of 1810. Each volume contains glosses and a thorough index. Volume 5 is a general index to Volumes 1-4. Known as "Bioren Laws," this edition was compiled under the direction of the attorney general to fulfill an 1814 Congressional act calling for a uniform edition of U.S. laws. It also contains land claims, notes on the origins of various governmental departments and treaties with foreign powers and Indians. Surrency observes this compilation perpetuated an error regarding the thirteenth amendment. "At the time John B. Colvin was editing the laws, a proposed thirteenth amendment lacked ratification by one state, yet was included in the Constitution. The editor acknowledged in the preface that he knew the a.
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