New York: Printed by Samuel and John Loudon, Printers to the State, 1786. Folio. 29, [1 blank], 44 pp. Library rubberstamp in upper corner of title page. Scattered foxing, some leaves toned, some margin spotting. Good+, in modern half brown morocco and marbled boards. Contemporary signature of "J. Watts, Jun." at the top margin of page .
A rare New York imprint, NAIP locating only two copies, and not at AAS. The final 44 pages, with separate title page and ornate typography, print the Charter of the City of New York. The Laws require "observation of the Lord's-Day, called Sunday," prohibiting work, sport, play, and "tipling" in Public Houses; regulate use of the Seal; enact fire prevention rules; prescribe procedures and costs for becoming "freemen" of the City; regulate public markets, streets, depositing of waste, manufacture of gunpowder, discharge of firearms.
John Watts, Jr., [1749-1836], who owned this copy, graduated from King's College in 1769 as class valedictorian and studied law. He was the last Royal Recorder of New York, Speaker of the New York State Assembly from 1791-93, a Congressman from 1793-95, and was appointed the first judge of Westchester County.
Evans 19855. NAIP w036539 [2- N, NHi]. Sabin 54336. Not in Cohen, Babbitt, Harv. Law Cat., Marke, or online AAS web site. Item #31601