[Cherokee Nation]. Laws of the Cherokee Nation Adopted by the Council at Various Periods. Printed for the Benefit of the Nation. Tahlequah, Cherokee Nation: Cherokee Advocate Office, 1852. "Interesting as the laws of a civilized nation of Indians, printed by native hands, in the language of the government to which they acknowledge fealty" (Sabin 39413). [Bound together with:] The Constitution and Laws of the Cherokee Nation: Passed at Tahlequah, Cherokee Nation, 1839-51. Tahlequah, Cherokee Nation: [n.p., likely Cherokee Advocate Office], 1852. First edition. "The first extensive compilation of the laws of this enlightened nation after the Union of the Eastern and Western branches in 1839. Probably printed at the office of the Cherokee Advocate" (Foreman, p. 36). Two 12mo volumes in one. 179, 248pp. Half red leather over marbled boards. Rebacked. Minor toning to the first half of the text. Binding worn. Hinges reinforced. Some offsetting to preliminary pages. Pencil notations to title page. Housed in a custom maroon cloth clamshell case with gilt titles. Overall, a very good copy of a fascinating volume comprising all the laws and constitutions of the Cherokees from 1808 through 1851.

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