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    [Massachusetts]. Acts and Laws, ..., Anno Domini, 1789. [Boston: 1789]. [with successive issues through:] [Acts and Laws ..., Anno Domini, 1795]. [Boston, (Massachusetts): 1795]. First editions.

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    [Massachusetts]. Acts and Laws, Passed by the General Court of Massachusetts; Begun and held at Boston in the County of Suffolk, on Wednesday the Twenty-seventh Day of May, Anno Domini, 1789. [Boston: Printed by Adams and Nourse, printers to the Honourable General Court, 1789]. [Bound together with successive issues through:] [Acts and Laws Passed by the General Court of Massachusetts: Begun and held at Boston, in the County of Suffolk, on Wednesday, the twenty-seventh Day of May, Anno Domini, 1795]. [Boston, (Massachusetts): Printed at the State-Press, by Adams and Larkin, Printers to the Commonwealth, 1795]. First editions.


    First editions. Together fifteen parts in one large folio volume (12.5 x 7.75 inches; 318 x 198 mm.). [2, general title (verso blank)], 3-32; 33-74; 75-87, [1]; 75-105, [1]; 107-120; 121-189, [1]; 191-222; 223-230; 231-287, [1]; 289-328; 329-336; 337-403, [1]; 405-434; 435-491, [1]; 493-521, [1] pages. General title: Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Passed by the General Court: Begun and holden at Boston, in the county of Suffolk, on Wednesday the Twenty-Seventh of May, Anno Domini, 1789. [Volume II. Boston: Printed by Adams and Nourse, printers to the Honourable General Court, 1789]. Each issue with caption title, preceded by headlines and woodcut vignette (state seal of Massachusetts). Imprints (from colophons) vary.


    In its original contemporary sheep binding. Covers decoratively bordered in blind; spine decoratively ruled in compartments with five raised bands, volume number ("2") in gilt in the fourth compartment, and reddish brown label decoratively ruled and lettered in gilt. The binding is quite worn, darkened and stained in places, with considerable surface loss; joints cracked. The lower portion of the general title has been torn away, with loss of volume number and imprint. The paper is generally very thin, and as a result, several leaves have mostly marginal tears, a few leaves are torn across (no loss). Considerable foxing and browning. A good copy, complete but for the loss of the lower portion of the general title, and a possible candidate for rebinding. Early ink signature on front cover: "Samuel Quincy his Book;" front pastedown inscribed: "Sam Quincys 1796," with additional early ink calculations; additional ink signature (various forms of "Saml Quincys") on several additional pages. Newspaper (?) clipping mounted on front pastedown. A few early ink corrections and annotations; occasional early ink underlining. Bound in at the end is a leaf divided into four compartments with ink rules on both recto and verso, containing the beginnings of an early manuscript index. The leaf is creased and partially split down the vertical rule.


    The Samuel Quincy who signed this copy is most likely the son of Samuel Quincy (1735-1789), Loyalist and Solicitor General of Massachusetts (appointed in 1771, and became a refugee, 1774-1775). His son, Samuel Quincy (1764-1816), who graduated Harvard College in 1782, was an attorney-at-law in Lenox, Massachusetts, where he died in 1816.


    ESTC: W16763; W16764; W16767; W16768; W16769; W16770; W16773; W16774; W16775; W16778; W16779; W16780; W16781; W16782; and W16783. Evans: 21944 (general title); 21945; 22650; 22651; 23547; 23548; 24516; 24517; 24518; 25775; 25776; 25777; 27277; 27278; 29034; and 29035.

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