The First Digest of Kentucky Statutes Littell, William [1768-1824], Compiler. Swigert, Jacob [1793-1869], Compiler. A Digest of the Statute Law of Kentucky, Being a Collection of All the Acts of the General Assembly, Of a Public and Permanent Nature, From the Commencement of the Government to May Session, 1822, Also, The English and Virginia Statutes, Yet in Force; Together with Several Acts of Congress, With References to Reports of Judicial Decisions in the Court of Appeals of Kentucky and Supreme Court of the United States. Published Under the Patronage of the Legislature. Frankfort, KY: Printed by Kendall and Russell, Printers for the State, 1822. Two volumes. iv, [iv], 661, ; [iv], -1302 pp. Octavo (8" x 5"). Contemporary sheep, blind fillets to boards, lettering pieces and blind fillets to spines. Moderate rubbing to boards and extremities, corners bumped, some creasing to spines, small chip to head of spine of Volume I, partial crack in text block between rear endleaves of Volume II. Moderate toning and light foxing to text, occasional faint dampstaining, early owner annotations and doodles to text block, including a note on each front free endpaper stating "The Property of the Lawrence Circuit Court," early marks in pencil to a few leaves in each volume. $1,500. * First edition. The first digest of Kentucky statute law, it is based on Littell's five-volume Statute Law of Kentucky (1809-1819). Arranged alphabetically, the contents offer an interesting legal overview of the state in its early years. Topics include land, slavery and tobacco. Volume I includes the text of the U.S. Constitution with the unratified Thirteenth Amendment, also known as the "Titles of Nobility Amendment." Swigert Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 5658. Babbitt, Hand-List of Legislative Sessions and Session Laws 135.
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