VIRGINIA, General Assembly
The Acts of Assembly, now in force, in the Colony of Virginia. With an exact table to the whole. Published by order of the General Assembly.
Williamsburg: W. Rind, A. Purdie and J. Dixon, 1769. Folio. (13 3/4 x 8 5/8 inches). , 577, [1, blank] pp. Woodcut arms of Virginia on the title, title within an ornamental border.
Expertly bound to style in half eighteenth century russia over period marbled paper covered boards, spine with raised bands in seven compartments, red morocco lettering piece in the second, the others with a repeat decoration in gilt
The final compilation of Virginia laws published before the Revolution: a beautifully printed work from the Williamsburg press.
Printed by William Rind, this compilation of the laws passed by the General Assembly details the legal code of the colony beginning in 1661 and spanning over a century. The Acts of Assembly cover many issues pertinent to Virginians in this era, most notably laws regarding slavery and tobacco farming. An Appendix containing the titles of all the private acts passed since 1748 is included in the rear (pp.489-497), as is a comprehensive index by subject (pp. 499-577). A beautifully printed work, 1,200 copies were ordered to be printed by the Assembly, who interestingly chose Williamsburg printing rivals William Rind and Alexander Purdie to jointly publish the large work.
Evans 11511; Sabin 100391; ESTC W14164; Tower 921; Swem III:22646; Clayton-Torrence 359.