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Item #74353 The Charter Granted by Their Majesties [With] Acts and Laws, 1726. Massachusetts.
The Charter Granted by Their Majesties [With] Acts and Laws, 1726.
The Charter Granted by Their Majesties [With] Acts and Laws, 1726.
The Charter Granted by Their Majesties [With] Acts and Laws, 1726.
The Charter Granted by Their Majesties [With] Acts and Laws, 1726.
The Charter Granted by Their Majesties [With] Acts and Laws, 1726.
The Charter Granted by Their Majesties [With] Acts and Laws, 1726.

The Charter Granted by Their Majesties [With] Acts and Laws, 1726.

Scarce 1726 Printing of Massachusetts Acts and Laws [Massachusetts]. The Charter Granted by Their Majesties King William and Queen Mary, to the Inhabitants of the Province of the Massachusetts-Bay in New-England. Boston: Printed by B. Green, 1726. [ii], 14 pp. [Bound with] Acts and Laws of His Majesty's Province of the Massachusetts-Bay in New England. Boston: Printed by B. Green, 1726. 17; [ii], 347, [1]; 349-525 pp. Final 17-page table misbound before title page.  Folio (11-3/4" x 7-1/2"). Contemporary sheep, blind fillets along joints, spine ends and corners neatly mended, raised bands and renewed lettering pieces to spine, blind tooling to board edges. Moderate rubbing and some scuffs, nicks, gouges and faint stains to boards, rubbing to board edges and joints, front joint cracked (mended at ends), a few small holes to rear joint, hinges cracked, faint offsetting to endleaves, minor worming and a few brief annotations (signatures and sums) to rear pastedown. Moderate toning to interior, somewhat lighter or heavier in places, occasional light foxing and creasing and faint dampstaining, tears to text blocks of leaves A1-B2 (pp. 1-8) of table affecting text without loss to legibility, small tear and diagonal crease to final leaf. Ownership signature ("Jos. Lemmon Book") to head of title page, early annotations (additional references to session laws after May 1726) to table. $3,500. * Issued when the province included Maine and parts of Nova Scotia, this compilation contains a complete record of the acts and laws from 1692 to 1725. It provides unparalleled insights into the colony's attitude towards Indians, "Free Negroes," piracy, buggery, bestiality, incest, "Jesuits and Popish priests," the killing of bastard children by their mothers, "misspending money in taverns," "keeping the Lord's day," adultery, polygamy and many other social and political topics. Especially important is the newly adopted modification to the Charter granted by William and Mary, King George's "Explanatory Charter" (pp. 13-14), which appeared for the first time in this book. It reduced the independence of the colony by shifting power to the crown-appointed provincial governor, who was given sole power to adjourn the House of Representatives and given the right to veto the House's choice of speaker. Though technica.

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