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Laws of the United States of America from the 4th of March, 1789, to the 4th of March, 1815, Including the Constitution of the United States. The Old Act of Confederation, Treaties, and Many Other Valuable Ordinances and Documents; with Copious Notes and References, In Five Volumes
Philadelphia and Washington: John Bioren & W. John Duane and R.C. Weightman, 1815. First Edition. Hardcover. Good. Five volume set, complete. Volumes I, III, IV, V an original set in matching full sheep with red spine labels, matching ownership signatures on front endpapers; Volume II married and with a slightly different binding. All voumes clean and sound internally (other than some browning of the paper); externally varying degrees of scuffing to the leather; some volumes with cracked hinges or joints (but all boards attached). Chip to spine of Volume II. In 1814, President Madison approved an act aimed at producing a more complete and satisfactory edition of the Laws of the United States to date. The act provided for a government subscription to produce 1000 sets to be edited, compiled, and distributed according to a plan of the Secretary of State and Attorney General. Secretary Monroe appointed John B. Colvin as editor, and under his editorship this edition, generally referred to as the "Bioren Edition," was produced. Volume I contains the foundational documents and treaties of the nation, though the Constitution was erroneously printed with a 13th amendment (the Titles of Nobility amendment, which would have stripped U.S. citizenship from anyone who accepted a title from a foreign nation) that had not been (and never was) ratified. Because this was considered the official and definitive set of laws, the error was frequently repeated in popular histories in the following decades. Volume II contains the laws from 1789-97 (1st-4th Congress); Volume III the laws from 1797-1805 (5th-8th Congress); Volume IV the laws from 1805-15 (9th-13th Congress). Volume V is the general index.
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