New Jersey's Last Colonial-Era Compilation, A Copy With Two Interesting Associations [New Jersey]. Allinson, Samuel [1739-1791], Compiler. Acts of the General Assembly of the Province of New-Jersey, from the Surrender of the Government to Queen Anne, on the 17th Day of April, in the Year of Our Lord 1702, to the 14th Day of January 1776. To Which is Annexed, The Ordinance for Regulating and Establishing the Fees of the Court of Chancery of the Said Province. With Three Alphabetical Tables, and an Index. Compiled and Published under the Appointment of the General Assembly, and Compared with the Original Acts. Burlington: Printed by Isaac Collins, 1776. viii, 493, , 6, 6, 4, 4, 3, , 15,  pp. Folio (13" x 9"). Recent period style quarter calf over marbled boards, blind ornaments, lettering piece, gilt-edged raised bands and gilt publication date to spine, endpapers added. Moderate toning and light foxing to interior, light browning in places, contemporary manuscript corrections to several leaves (as in all copies), three later owner inscriptions and signatures, John Smith, Garret Dorset Wall and William Lewis Dayton, to front pastedown, to front endleaf, originally free endpaper, and head of title page (signatures of Smith and Wall struck-through). $1,250. * Only edition. The last compilation of New Jersey's colonial-era laws, commonly referred to as Allinson's Laws, provides a portrait of life in New Jersey from 1702 to the landmark year, 1776. It addresses several topics that relate to the American Revolution, such as the regulation of ammunition, arms and militias. Isaac Collins was known for the excellence of his work. After the death of the appointed printer "to the King's Most Excellent Majesty" James Parker in 1770, Collins acquired Parker's business. He achieved additional renown in 1777 as the printer of The New Jersey Gazette, the first regularly published weekly newspaper in the state. As Felcone points out, all copies have manuscript corrections that were probably executed in Collins's shop. Due to shortages, the quality of the paper varied considerably from copy to copy, and all copies "exhibit differing degrees of foxing and browning from gathering to gathering" (Felcone). William Lewis Dayton [1807-1864], a New Jersey lawyer, politician and diplomat from a distinguished New Jersey family, wa.
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