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The Deputy Commissary's Guide Within the Province of Maryland.
1774 - The First American Treatise Dealing with the Law of Wills Vallette, Elie. [Sparrow, Thomas (1746?-1780?), Engraver]. The Deputy Commissary's Guide Within the Province of Maryland, Together with Plain and Sufficient Directions for Testators to Form, and Executors to Form Their Wills and Testaments, For Administrators to Compleat Their Administrations, And for Every Person Any Way Concerned in Deceased Person's Estates, To Proceed Therein with Safety to Themselves and Others. Annapolis: Printed by Ann Catherine Green and Son, 1774. [ii], iv, 248, [12] pp. Copperplate title page and table of descents. Octavo (7-3/4" x 5"). Contemporary sheep, re-backed retaining original spine with raised bands and lettering piece, hinges mended. Some edgewear, scuffs and contemporary hand-lettered titles to boards, early owner bookplate to front pastedown, top edge of text block trimmed affecting top edge of frame surrounding engraved title page. Light toning to text, early annotations to endleaves, early owner signatures to heads of title page and dedication leaf. * Only edition. The first original American legal work, and the earliest book published in America on the law of wills. Dedicated to Maryland Governor Robert Eden, it was printed by Ann Catherine Green, wife of Jonas Green, whom she succeeded as public printer of Maryland from 1767 to 1775. The engraved title page, the only one issued from a colonial Maryland press, and the plate were the work of Thomas Sparrow, the only engraver south of the Mason-Dixon Line prior to 1775. Vallette was registrar of the Prerogative Office of Maryland Province. Wroth, Maryland Imprints 338. Wroth, The Colonial Printer in America 290. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 4632. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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