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    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. Baltimore: John D. Troy, 1845. First edition. 8vo, ix [x], 632 pages. Contemporary full leather over boards, gilt lettering on 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).

    Condition: General scuffing and light wear to the binding, spine and corners bumped, front board and front endpaper detached. Light browning and foxing in the sheets throughout. Light chipping to edges. Previous owner's signature to the front endpaper. Internally a very fine copy.

    References: Raines, p. 240. Streeter 1577.


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