New York: Printed by Hugh Gaine, 1789. Large folio. 10 3/4" x 15 1/2". Two volumes in 20th century binder's cloth, with gilt-lettered morocco spine labels. Vol. I: , [1 blank], 336, [11-Index], [1 blank], xii, , [1 blank]; Vol. 2: [1-title], [1 blank], 471, [1 blank], [17-index], [1 blank] pp.. Volume 1 is lacking the final blank leaf. A clean and bright text. Very Good.
Samuel Jones and Richard Varick compiled this book, "which comprehends the Constitution, and the public Statutes of this State, from the Revolution to the End of the Twelfth Session of the Legislature." Volume I opens with the 1777 New York Constitution. The Statutes through 1789 are printed, all under the reign of the long-serving Governor George Clinton. Revolutionary Acts-- such as raising five Continental Battalions, Lotteries, regulating the militia, treatment of deserters-- are included. Several Acts concerning New York's efforts gradually to eliminate slavery are here: barring slave importations after June 1, 1785 for purposes of sale, penalizing purchase of slaves, or trading or selling liquor to slaves; criminal slave codes, and other laws reflecting the existence of slavery in New York. Acts concerning Quakers respect their scruples against bearing arms. Many civil, criminal, governmental, and commercial laws are printed, all with a detailed index.
Evans 22012. II Harv. Law Cat. 204. Item #31069