1771 Compilation of New Hampshire Laws [New Hampshire]. Acts and Laws of His Majesty's Province of New-Hampshire in New-England. With Sundry Acts of Parliament. By Order of the General Assembly. To Which is Prefixed the Commissions of President John Cuttss, Esq.; and His Excellency John Wentworth, Esq. Portsmouth: Printed by Daniel and Robert Fowle, 1771. [ii], 6, 8, iv, 272, 51, , xiii pp. Folio (12" x 7-1/4"). Contemporary marbled boards, calf spine. Moderate rubbing to boards, heavier rubbing to extremities with wear to board edges, spine ends and corners, which are bumped, hinges cracked, rear free endpaper partially detached, a few tears and chips to its edges. Moderate toning to interior, somewhat heavier in places, smudges to fore-edges of final 21 leaves of text, small tear (or paper flaw) to center of Leaf PP2 (pp.247-248), tiny stains to margins of title page, early owner signature, twice, and inscription (of Walter Robie) to front free endpaper. A desirable copy. $2,500. * Also known as "Fowles second edition" to distinguish it from a 1761 compilation, this fascinating volume of acts and laws from 1698 to 1771 provides unparalleled insights into the colony's attitude towards Indians, the poor, fornication, incest, polygamy, bankruptcy, fraud, court procedure and many other social and political topics. The main text is followed by a 51 pp. collection of temporary laws, which was also published as a separate volume. Babbitt, Hand-List of Legislative Sessions and Session Laws 296. Benedict, Acts and Laws of the Thirteen Original Colonies and States 258. The Charlemagne Tower Collection of Colonial Laws 546.
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