A Popular Legal Manual for Local Government in Maine Lord, John P. [1786-1877]. The Maine Townsman, Or Laws for the Regulation of Towns; With Forms and Judicial Decisions, Adapted to the Revised Statutes of Maine. Portland, ME: Published by Sanborn & Carter, 1845. viii, -300 pp. Octavo (7" x 4-1/2"). Contemporary sheep, blind fillets and lettering piece to spine. Light rubbing and a few scuffs and stains to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, minor chipping to head of spine, front joint just starting at head, corners bumped and lightly worn, early (illegible) notes in pencil to front pastedown and ownership signature ("W.H. Potter, Phipsburg") dated 1845 to front free endpaper. Very light toning to interior, occasional light foxing, somewhat heavier in places, small inkstain to fore-edge of pp. 143-146. $200. * First edition, second issue. Covers such topics as town meetings, elections, taxes, highways and bridges, parishes, schools, the treatment of apprentices, paupers, bastards and the insane, disorder in the streets, fences, animals, hawkers and peddlers and the duties of town officers. Like many contemporary manuals of its kind, The Maine Townsman offers a unique and often fascinating perspective on rural America during the early nineteenth century. The first edition is scarce. OCLC locates 7 copies of this issue, 3 outside Maine (Yale Law School, Loma Linda University, Newberry Library). Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 8270. Shaw and Shoemaker, American Bibliography 44-3858.
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