James Wilmer Dallam: A Digest of the Laws of Texas: containing A Full and Complete Compilation of the Land Laws; together with the Opinions of the Supreme Court. By James Wilmer Dallam, of Matagorda, Texas. (Baltimore: Printed by John D. Toy, 1845). First edition. Quarto (9.5" x 5.5"). ix [x], [9] 10-632 pages. Full contemporary sheepskin, covers ruled in blind with a chain device, red morocco label lettered in gilt on the spine. "Dallam, born in Baltimore, was a legal scholar and newspaper editor who moved to Matagorda Texas in 1839 and quickly made a place for himself in the frontier community. He went to Washington DC in 1844 to compile A Digest of the Laws of Texas... which became known as the "lawyer's bible" and has gone through several printings. Because modern Texas jurisprudence is based on the laws in effect in the republic, the Digest has retained its importance. Dallam, who died from yellow fever at 29 years of age in 1847, also wrote two short romances founded on incidents of Texas history. After his death, Dallam County was named in his honor." (Handbook of Texas Online). General scuffing and light wear to the binding, some soiling including a 2" by 2" dark spot at the base of the rear joint. Previous owner's signature to the front pastedown endpaper and the top of the title, ink stamp to the top of the title. Light browning and foxing in the sheets, but overall still an excellent near fine copy. From the collection of Darrel Brown.

    Reference: Streeter 1577.

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