Kingston, -- Jamaica: Printed for James Jones, Esq. by Lewis and Eberall, 1786. [v], [1 blank], 31, [1 blank], -424, [4- Index to Abridgement], 40 [Abridgement] pp. Printed side margin notes. The front endpapers and title page are moderately foxed; otherwise, a clean text, bound in contemporary marbled boards, original endpapers, backed [probably later] in half calf with spine rules [small institutional bookplate on front pastedown]. Very Good.
This is an attractive Jamaica imprint, meticulously organized and expertly prepared. An alphabetically-arranged list of about 300 Subscribers precedes "A Table of the Acts of Assembly of Jamaica, In the Annual Order they were passed." There follows "The Laws of Jamaica," arranged chronologically. The "Abridgement of the Laws of Jamaica" appears to have been issued with the "Acts of Assembly", but it has a separate title page, imprint, and Index.
The Laws are an unusually interesting compilation of material on a variety of subjects-- firearms, gaming, cattle, taxation, settlers, immigration, smuggling, inheritance, and much else. Some especially illuminating provisions are designed to regulate closely the Negro residents of the island: "Loose, idle and runaway Negroes and other Slaves," the "Inconveniences" caused by "the number of Negro Huts and Houses being built," their "Cabals and Conspiracies," "preventing Negroes and other Slaves from deserting from their Owners and departing from this Island in a clandestine Manner," punishing enablers of fugitive slaves
Sabin 35617. I Harv. Law Cat. 1039. ESTC T140415. Cundall Supp. 446, 447. Goldsmiths' 13208. Item #33327