Acts Passed at the First Congress of the United States of America ... [With:] Acts Passed at the Second Congress of the United States of America ... [And:] Acts Passed at the Third Congress of the United States of America
Philadelphia: Francis Childs (vols. 1-2); ... and John Swaine (vol. 3), 1795; 1795; 1794-1795. 8vo. 434, [2, blank], 47, ; 406, , ; 144, iii, , , -260, iv pp.
Contemporary sheep, covers bordered in blind, flat spines ruled in blind, red morocco lettering pieces
An early octavo edition of the laws of the First, Second and Third Congresses, in a lovely uniform contemporary binding.
In 1795, Philadelphia printer Francis Childs, the official "Printer of the Laws of the United States", reprinted the laws of the first two Congresses (1789-1791; 1791-1793) to accompany his octavo edition of the laws of the Third Congress, then in session. The first volume includes an attestation leaf following the title by Secretary of State Edmund Randolph, which affirms that the text of the laws in this edition have been compared and collated with the official rolls. Included are the fundamental laws of the new nation, including a printing of the Constitution, the establishment of the mint, the post office, the courts, the census, etc., as well as laws relating to Native Americans, the Northwest Territory, lighthouses and much more.
This example, which includes Child's 1794-1795 printing of the laws of the first two sessions of the Third Congress (the latter with separate title), is in a lovely contemporary American binding. A rare edition, particularly in such fine original condition.
Evans 29674 (vol. 1), 29675 (vol. 2), and cf. 29676 (for Vol. 3 with a 1795 imprint and index, this imprint and collation not in Evans).