Anno Regni Georgii II Regis, Sexto, 1732.
Includes the First Printing of the Molasses Act of 1733 [Great Britain]. George II [1683-1760], King of Great Britain. Anno Regni Georgii II Regis Magnae Britanniae, Franciae, & Hiberniae, Sexto. At the Parliament Begun and Holden at Westminster, The Twenty Third Day of January, Anno Dom. 1727. In the First Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George II. By the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, &c. And From Thence Continued by Several Prorogations to the Sixteenth Day of January, 1732. Being the Sixth Session of this Present Parliament. London: Printed by John Baskett, 1732 [i.e. 1733]. 612,  pp. Publisher advertisements to recto of final leaf. Same general title page preceding each act, acts X-XXXVIII dated 1733. [Bound With] An Abstract of All the Acts Passed in the Sixth Session of the Seventh Parliament of Great Britain, And in the Sixth Year of the Reign of Our Most Gracious Sovereign Lord King George the Second. London: Printed by John Baskett, 1733. 82 pp. Folio (12" x 7-1/4"). Contemporary paneled calf with gilt rules and corner fleurons to boards, rebacked retaining parts of existing gilt spine with raised bands and renewed lettering piece, blind tooling to board edges, edges speckled red. Light rubbing to boards, a few scuffs, nicks, scratches, minor worming to front board, small faint dampstains to rear board, moderate to board edges, corners bumped and somewhat worn, hinges cracked, light offsetting and faint dampstaining to preliminaries, front free endpaper detaching at head but secure. Moderate toning to interior, small faint dampstain to upper gutter of text block not affecting text, light foxing and soiling in a few places, small hole to text block of leaf F2 (pp. 23-24) of abstracts volume not affecting legibility. An appealing volume. $1,250. * A collection of 38 acts passed in the sixth session of the seventh Parliament of Great Britain, with tables listing the titles of the public acts and summaries of 36 private acts. Among the public acts is the first printing of "An act for the better securing and encouraging the trade of his Majesty's sugar colonies in America," commonly known as the Molasses Act of 1733. Proposed by Sir Robert Walpole to appease wealthy plantation owners in the British West Indies, the act imposed a tax on impor.
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