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ACTS PASSED AT THE FIRST SESSION OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL OF THE TERRITORY OF ORLEANS, BEGUN AND HELD AT THE PRINCIPAL, IN THE CITY OF NEW-ORLEANS, ON MONDAY THE THIRD DAY OF DECEMBER, IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD, ONE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED AND FOUR...[through 1816]
New-Orleans. 1805-1816.. Fifteen items bound in five volumes. Contemporary calf, leather labels. Some wear at extremities, a couple hinges cracked. Scattered browning and foxing, contemporary ink notes and signatures (several by Charles Mitchell), hole in one titlepage not affecting text. The front board of one volume bears the embossed name of "J.M. Ducros." Overall good to very good. In two brown half morocco clamshell boxes (the boxes are slightly different shades of brown). An extensive run of the important first laws of the territory and state of Louisiana, with the text in English and French. These laws established the foundation on which the American legal system was built, and this archive comprises the earliest collection of American laws west of the Mississippi. The influence of French and Spanish laws in North America is evident in these early territorial laws, as is the legal confusion created by the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. It took Congress more than two decades to determine their intent with regard to existing Spanish and French law. The present volumes cover the following sessions: first and second sessions, legislative council, 1805; first and second sessions, first legislature, 1807; "Acts Relative to Land Claims" and the Farewell Address of Washington, 1807; first and second sessions, second legislature, 1808- 9; first and second sessions, third legislature, 1810-11; first, second, and third sessions, general assembly, 1812-14; and first and second sessions, second legislature, 1815-16. All are New Orleans imprints from a period from which all such imprints are rare. See Jumonville for collations. JUMONVILLE 121, 122, 143-45, 147, 173, 186, 203, 215, 226, 239, 249, 264, 723. STREETER SALE 1587 (ref).
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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