Regulation in Response to the "Turnpike Boom" [Highways]. [Great Britain]. George III [1738-1820], King of Great Britain. Anno Regni Georgii III Regis Magnae Britanniae, Franciae, & Hiberniae, Septimo. At the Parliament Begun and Holden at Westminster, The Nineteenth Day of May, Anno Domini 1761, In the First Year of the Reign of Our Sovereign Lord George the Third, 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 Eleventh Day of November, 1766, Being the Sixth Session of the Twelfth Parliament of Great Britain. London: Printed by Mark Baskett and by the assigns of Robert Baskett, 1767. [ii], 5-125, ,  pp. Octavo (7" x 4-1/2"). Contemporary calf, blind rules to boards, blind fillets along joints, raised bands, blind fillets and lettering piece to spine, blind tooling to board edges. Light rubbing and a few very minor nicks and scratches to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, front joint just starting at head, corners bumped and lightly worn, hinges starting, early ink annotation to rear pastedown. Light toning, negligible light foxing to a few pages, internally clean. $750. * Two acts of Parliament consolidating and regulating turnpike trusts in the wake of the "turnpike boom" of the late eighteenth century. Turnpike trusts, established by individual acts of Parliament, had the power to collect tolls that would be used for road maintenance. Before the widespread use of these trusts, local parishes were responsible for raising revenue via taxation and repairing highways and often found the task difficult. The first act, the Turnpike Act of 1766, established basic rules for drivers and provided for the erection of milestones to indicate the distance between towns. The second act, the Highways Act 1766, expanded on provisions and standards for road repair. The volume includes a thorough 62 pp. index to both acts. The ESTC lists a 64 pp. index and an additional act from 1768. Our 62 pp. index appears complete, and we have seen another copy without this additional act. As in the ESTC record, our copy lacks leaf A1, which may have been blank or unissued. OCLC and the ESTC locate 2 copies of this title (British Library, Cardiff University). See English Short-Title Catalogue (ESTC) T2259.
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