The Laws of the Highways and Turnpike Roads [with] The Forms of...
The 1766 Regulation of the "Turnpike Boom" [Highways]. [Great Britain]. The Laws of the Highways and Turnpike Roads. Containing the Two Acts Made in the Last Session of Parliament Concerning Them, Whereby All the Former Statutes are Explained, Amended, And Reduced into Those Two Acts; With References to the Respective Sections of the Former Acts, Upon Which the Two New Ones are Founded; Together With a Variety of Precedents [...] The Form of a Book [...] And Likewise Many Cases Determined in the Court of King's-Bench [...] To the Whole are Subjoined Two Large Alphabetical Tables or Indexes. London: Printed for W. Griffin, 1767. [ii], 119,  pp. Initial folding table extracted and laid down onto rear endleaves. [Bound with] The Forms of the Several Proceedings, For Carrying into Execution Two Acts of the Last Sessions of Parliament, Concerning the Highways and Turnpike Roads of this Kingdom. With Observations and Instructions, Respecting the Duty of Surveyors. London: Printed for P. Uriel, 1767. [ii], 21,  pp. Lacking half-title. Octavo (8-1/4" x 5"). Contemporary mottled calf, gilt rules to boards, rebacked in period style with gilt-edged raised bands and retained lettering piece, blind tooling to board edges, marbled endpapers, hinges neatly mended. Moderate rubbing and light gatoring to boards, slightly heavier rubbing to board edges, corners bumped and worn. Moderate toning to interior, occasional light foxing, early annotation ("Maribone Trust") to head of first title page, underlining in ink and pencil to a few leaves in first work, folding table trimmed close just touching text at edges, a few clean tears, no loss to legibility. $950. * Only editions. Two scarce works discussing the 1766 acts of Parliament that consolidated and further regulated highways and turnpike trusts in the wake of the growing "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 t.
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