Saint Paul: James M. Goodhue, Territorial Printer. 1851. Large 8vo, bound firmly in original sheep with gilt-lettered morocco spine labels. , [vii]-xvi, 734 pp. With the bookbinder ticket of 'James Mackintosh, Bookbinder, Saint Paul, Minnesota.' A couple of institutional rubberstamps on margins, bookplate; persistent damping of blank lower corners, some other spotting, Good+.
"A mine of information on the earliest territorial days" [Eberstadt]. These are the first collected Statutes of the new Territory, reflecting modifications and repeal of many of the "laws of the late territory of Wisconsin," which had "extended over this territory" for ten years, beginning in 1839. Minnesota's territorial laws had thus been "scattered through some nine or ten different publications," creating much confusion. Additionally, "the laws of Wisconsin, framed for a people following different pursuits, and surrounded by different circumstances from our own, seemed illy suited to the wants of the people of Minnesota, and to the administration of their territorial governance." Hence the legislature authorized this Revision.
164 Eberstadt 198. AII [MN] 27. Not in Cohen. Item #29894