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THE CHARTER GRANTED BY THEIR MAJESTIES KING WILLIAM AND QUEEN MARY, TO THE INHABITANTS OF THE PROVINCE OF THE MASSACHUSETTS-BAY IN NEW ENGLAND. [bound with:] ACTS AND LAWS, OF HIS MAJESTY'S PROVINCE OF THE MASSACHUSETTS-BAY IN NEW-ENGLAND

[Massachusetts Laws]

Boston, 1726. [2],14,18,[2],483pp. Folio. Original calf, elaborately stamped in gilt, rebacked to style duplicating the backstrip of the John Carter Brown Library copy in a similar binding. Moderate wear to boards. Internally quite clean. Near fine. This copy bears an exceptional colonial provenance, being inscribed on the front free endpaper from Jonathan Belcher, governor of Massachusetts and New Hampshire from 1730 to 1741. Belcher has inscribed it: "To the Honorable Sir Philip York His Majesty's Attorney General, from His most obedient, most faithfull, and most humble servant...." The inscription is dated Boston, Oct. 18, 1732. Philip Yorke (1690-1764), the 1st Earl of Hardwicke, was attorney general to George II from 1724. He was chief justice after 1733 and lord chancellor after 1737. Belcher also served as governor of New Jersey, appointed in 1747. A remarkable association copy, linking the laws of the Crown to their administrator in the colonies and their chief enforcer in England. The second collected laws of Massachusetts, preceded only by the 1699 edition. This copy includes the separately printed Charter (bound first), the full 1726 laws, and all of the session laws printed through July 1, 1732. A total of sixteen Evans items. EVANS 2762, 2900-2902, 3054-3057, 3182, 3306, 3307, 3440- 3442, 3564, 3565. CHARLEMAGNE TOWER COLLECTION OF AMERICAN COLONIAL LAWS 215-230.

$14,500.00

The Charter Granted by Their Majesties King William and Queen Mary, to the Inhabitants of the Province of the Massachusetts-Bay in New-England. [Bound with:] Acts and Laws, of His Majesty's Province of the Massachusetts-Bay in New-England

[MASSACHUSETTS COLONY

Boston: Printed by B. Green for Benjamin Eliot,, 1726-1731. Folio, pp. (2)2-14. 1-17(1) [Table]; (2)-347(1);349-456. Royal Arms woodcut on title-page, repeated as sectional headpieces. Bound in contemporary paneled calf (finely rebacked in style, corner tips and top of title-page repaired). Some browning and fraying of preliminary leaves, and along the edges, pen trials throughout). Provenance: dated inscription of Oakes Angier (176(0), partially torn into; presented to David Kingman, 1778; then presented to Simon Greenleaf from Ezra Kingman in 1812; Amherst College, manuscript inscription, withdrawn. Copies in the trade are rare, none have appeared in ABPC for the last 25 years. Evans 2762; 2900, 2901, 2902, 3054, 3055, 3056, 3057, 3182, 3306, 3307, 3440. The Massachusetts General Laws and Liberties were first promulgated in 1648 and the earliest surviving published collection of them was printed in 1660. The have been regarded as the first modern legal code of the western world. The laws retained some elements of the English common and statute law, but introduced considerable reforms in systems of land tenure and established new freedoms of speech and opinion in both the judiciary and local government. They granted equal protection to all under the law, defined rights of bail and appeal and moved toward stripping the Church of temporal authority. They, "pointed the way to democratic social and political institutions that were gradually incorporated into the legal structures of other colonies and other nations." (OCAH, pp. 514-5). The make up of these composite sets of laws vary considerably-further sessions were continuously paginated and added as they came off the press. The initial 1692-1726 collection, bound here, corresponds exactly to the collation give in Ford & Matthews, Bibliography of the Laws of Massachusetts Bay (1910) p. 357. The additional 11 sessions, each have a caption title and the majority with dated colophons. The provenance of this volume is quite interesting. It contains the ownership signature of respected East Bridgewater (MA) lawyer, Oakes Angier (1745-1812)who trained with future President John Adams for a time. The book was then given by Angier to a Bridgewater neighbor and son of Captain David Kingman, a colonial representative, David Kingman (1763-1812). Upon his death, the volume was passed along by his brother to his son-in-law, Simon Greenleaf (1783-1853). Lawyer and author, Greenleaf became one of Portland, Maine's most skilled lawyers and was reporter of the Maine supreme court. He was appointed Royall Professor of Law at Harvard, and, along with Judge Joseph Story was the architect of Harvard Law School's rise to eminence. In 1846, he succeeded Story as Dane Professor of law at Harvard. His Treatise on the Law of Evidence (1842-53) became the foremost American authority.

$7,150.00


THE CHARTER GRANTED BY THEIR MAJESTIES KING WILLIAM AND QUEEN MARY, TO THE INHABITANTS OF THE PROVINCE OF THE MASSACHUSETTS-BAY IN NEW-ENGLAND. [bound with:] ACTS AND LAWS, OF HIS MAJESTY'S PROVINCE OF THE MASSACHUSETTS-BAY IN NEW ENGLAND. [with:] TEMPORARY ACTS AND LAWS OF HIS MAJESTY'S PROVINCE OF THE MASSACHUSETTS-BAY IN NEW- ENGLAND. [with:] 47 SEPARATE SESSION LAWS

[Massachusetts Laws]

Boston: Samuel Kneeland and Timothy Green, 1755. Two volumes. [2],14,28,[2],337,[1],339-340; [2],4,403,415- 424,435-455pp. Folio. Contemporary calf, worn. Library stamps, ink ownership signatures, and slight chipping to titlepages, a few short repaired tears, scattered ink marginalia and notations in the text, some foxing, moderate overall toning. A good set. In matching cloth clamshell cases. A vast collection of mid-18th-century laws of Massachusetts. This first work includes, as is often the case with this and earlier collected editions, the separately issued CHARTER (here bound first) and the full compilation of ACTS AND LAWS printed in 1742. Such compilations often are found with subsequent Massachusetts laws. Present here is one additional act from 1743, entitled, "An Act in Addition to and in Explanation of sundry Clauses of an Act intitled An Act to ascertain the Value of Money and of the Bills of publick Credit of this Province...." The copy of TEMPORARY ACTS AND LAWS here gathers together over 400 pages of a continuous run of Massachusetts session laws printed between 1742 and 1753, plus a few acts printed 1754-55 (almost continuously paginated, but lacking a few acts to make the run entirely complete). Together, this single volume of laws represents forty-seven separate entries in Evans, and constitutes a remarkable assemblage of early Massachusetts law. A rare source for colonial legal, political, and social history in Massachusetts. EVANS 5002, 5003, 5236; 5004, 5240, 5241, 5242, 5244, 5430, 5431, 5432, 5433, 5628, 5629, 5630, 5631, 5799, 5800, 5801, 5802, 5803, 5804, 5996, 5997, 5998, 5999, 6181, 6182, 6183, 6184, 6355, 6356, 6357, 6537, 6538, 6539, 6540, 6709, 6710, 6711, 6878, 6879, 6880, 7051, 7052, 7053, 7246, 7249, 7250, 7466. SABIN 46159.

$5,500.00


THE CHARTER GRANTED BY THEIR MAJESTIES KING WILLIAM AND QUEEN MARY, TO THE INHABITANTS OF THE PROVINCE OF THE MASSACHUSETTS-BAY IN NEW ENGLAND. [bound with:] ACTS AND LAWS, OF HIS MAJESTY'S PROVINCE OF THE MASSACHUSETTS-BAY IN NEW-ENGLAND

[Massachusetts Laws]

Boston: B. Green, 1726. 14,17,[1],[2],348pp. An imperfect copy of a session law is bound after it (pp.349-352). Folio. Contemporary blind-tooled calf. Covers and joints worn and scuffed, corners and edges abraded, but a good copy. Contemporary ownership inscription ("Peter T. Washburn No. 1182") on first page of CHARTER. Moderate soiling and dampstaining, particularly at margins. Lacks title leaf of CHARTER. The second collected edition of the laws of Massachusetts, preceded only by the 1699 edition. This copy includes, as issued, the separately printed CHARTER... (here bound first, as usual); the full 1726 laws; and a fragment of the first session law issued after the complete volume. A fine source for early colonial legal, political, and social history. EVANS 2762. SABIN 45568 (ACTS AND LAWS), 45573 (CHARTER).

$3,750.00

THE CHARTER GRANTED BY THEIR MAJESTIES KING WILLIAM AND QUEEN MARY, TO THE INHABITANTS OF THE PROVINCE OF THE MASSACHUSETTS-BAY IN NEW-ENGLAND. [bound with:] ACTS AND LAWS, OF HIS MAJESTY'S PROVINCE OF THE MASSACHUSETTS-BAY IN NEW ENGLAND

[Massachusetts Laws]

Boston: Samuel Kneeland and Timothy Green, 1742. [2],14,28,[2],337,[1],339-340,341-344pp. Folio. Contemporary blind-tooled calf, expertly rebacked in matching style, spine gilt, leather label. Contemporary ink inscriptions on covers; contemporary inscription: "Watertown's Law Book Red [?] March 1, 1743." Browning, dampstaining, and some soiling and foxing. Small hole in margin of CHARTER with loss of a few letters. A good copy. The "Table" of the ACTS is bound before the ACTS. Bound at the end of the volume are two subsequent Massachusetts ACTS AND LAWS printed in 1743, pp.339-340 (EVANS 5237) and pp.341-344 (EVANS 5238). A fine mid-18th-century collection of the laws of Massachusetts. This copy includes, as is often the case with this and earlier collected editions, the separately issued CHARTER (here bound first) and the full compilation of laws printed in 1742. Such compilations often are found with subsequent Massachusetts laws. Present here are two additional ACTS from 1743. A very good source for colonial legal, political, and social history, this copy bears a contemporary provenance inscription from Watertown, Massachusetts. EVANS 5002 (CHARTER), 5003 (ACTS AND LAWS).

$3,000.00