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    Complete set of Gammel's Laws of Texas

    Hans Peter Nielson Gammel [compiler]. The Laws of Texas, 1822-1897. Austin: The Gammel Book Company, 1898, 1899. First edition. Eleven 8vo volumes, including the supplement. Introduction by C. W. Raines. Light brown buckram over boards. Some rubbing and chipping to the leather title labels on the spines. Moderate scuffing to extremities. Some hinges weak or cracked. Rubber stamp of previous owner to the front free endpapers.

    A compilation of Texas laws (for both the republic and the state) covering the years 1836 to 1897. When this massive project was first proposed, historians as well as lawyers applauded the mammoth undertaking, and the bi-monthly appearance of each new volume was eagerly anticipated. John C. Townes, a Texas judge and law professor, reviewed Gammel's set in the Southwestern Historical Quarterly of 1901: "When we consider that the laws of a country are only the authoritative expressions of public sentiment we are forced to recognize that the constitutions and statutes of a people are among the most authentic and valuable records of its progress. In this view these reprints cease to be an uninteresting reproduction of dead enactments and become an authentic register of the advancement of our State during the past century."

    References: Basic Texas Books 69. Southwestern Historical Quarterly Volume 5, p. 259.


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