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[Collection of 18 separately-printed session laws of the General Assembly of the Province of New-York, all published by William Bradford]. General Assembly NEW YORK.
[Collection of 18 separately-printed session laws of the General Assembly of the Province of New-York, all published by William Bradford]
[Collection of 18 separately-printed session laws of the General Assembly of the Province of New-York, all published by William Bradford]

[Collection of 18 separately-printed session laws of the General Assembly of the Province of New-York, all published by William Bradford]

[New York: William Bradford, 1719-1735]. Eighteen volumes in two, folio. (11 1/8 x 7 inches). Collation as below. (Some fore-edges trimmed close occassionally affecting page numbers or marginal notes).

Late 19th century pebble-grained green morocco, spines in compartments with raised bands, lettered in gilt

An incredible collection of early New York imprints by famed colonial printer William Bradford.

Comprised as follows.

Volume One:

1) Acts passed by the General Assembly of the Province of New-York, the 24th Day of June, 1719 in the sixth year of his Majesty's Reign [caption title]. [New York: William Bradford, 1719]. 349-351, [1, blank]pp. Evans 2061.

2) Acts passed by the General Assembly of the Province of New-York, in November, 1720 in the seventh year of his Majesty's Reign [caption title]. [New York: William Bradford, 1720]. 325-348pp. Evans 2154.

3) Acts passed by the General Assembly of the Province of New-York, and Published the 27th Day of July, 1721 in the 7th year of his Majesty's Reign [caption title]. [New York: William Bradford, 1721]. 353-390pp. Woodcut royal arms above caption title. Provenance: James Alexander (signature). Evans 2271.

4) Acts passed by the General Assembly of the Province of New-York, in July, 1722 [caption title]. [New York: William Bradford, 1722]. 391-401, [1, blank]pp. Evans 2371.

5) Anno Regni Georgii ... At a Session of the General Assembly of the Colony of New-York, begun the eighth Day of May, Anno Dom. 1723 and continued to the sixth day of July following ... New York: William Bradford, 1723. [2], 423-446pp. Evans 2466.

6) The Thirteenth Sessions of the Second Assembly, in the 12th year of His Majesty, King George [caption title]. [New York: William Bradford, 1725]. 7, [1, blank]pp. Evans 2684.

7) Anno Regi Georgii ... At a Sessions of the General Assembly for the Province of New York, begun the 5th of April, 1726 and continued to the 17th of June following ... New York: William Bradford, 1726. [2], 46pp. Title with woodcut royal arms. Evans 2786.

8) Anno Regi Georgii ... At a Sessions of the General Assembly for the Province of New York, begun the 27th of September, 1726 and continued to the 11th of November following ... New York: William Bradford, 1726. [2], 36pp. Title with woodcut royal arms. (Fore-edge trimmed affecting page numbers and marginal notes). Evans 2787.

9) Acts Passed by the General Assembly of the Colony of New-York, in November 1727 and in the first year of the Reign of his Majesty George II [caption title]. [New York: William Bradford, 1727]. 36pp. Evans 2931.

10) Acts Passed by the General Assembly of the Colony of New-York, in the second year of his Majesty George II [caption title]. [New York: William Bradford, 1728]. 55, [1, blank] pp. (Final leaf backed at an early date). Evans 3072.

Volume Two:

11) Acts Passed by the General Assembly of the Colony of New-York, in the Third year of his Majesty's Reign ... [caption title]. [New York: William Bradford, 1729]. 48pp. Evans 3194.

12) Anno Quarto Georgii II. Regis [caption title]. [New York: William Bradford, 1730]. 37, [1, Table]pp. Evans 3330.

13) Acts Passed by the General Assembly of the Colony of New-York, in September, 1731, in the Fifth year of His Majesty's Reign ... [caption title]. [New York: William Bradford, 1731]. 374-399, [1, blank]pp. [errors in pagination, as issued]. Evans 3453.

14) Anno Regni Georgii II ... At a Session of General Assembly begun and holden at the City of New-York, the Ninth Day of August, Anno. Dom. 1732 in the Sixth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Second ... And thence Continued to the 14th Day of October, then next following ... New York: William Bradford, 1732. [2], 347*-403, [1, blank]. (Lacks first signature, i.e. pp. 344/345 and 346/347, errors in pagination as issued). Evans 3581.

15) Acts passed by the General Assembly of the Colony of New-York, in the 7th year of his Majesty's Reign, Anno Dom. 1733 [caption title]. [New York: William Bradford, 1733]. 405-411, [1, blank]pp. Provenance: Mr. Ludlow (signature and inscription). Evans 3694.

16) Acts passed by the General Assembly of the Colony of New-York, in the 8th year of His Majesty's Reign, Anno Dom. 1734 [caption title]. [New York: William Bradford, 1734]. 413-426pp. Evans 3804.

17) Acts passed by the General Assembly of the Colony of New-York, in the 8th year of His Majesty's Reign, Anno Dom. 1734 [caption title]. [New York: William Bradford, 1734]. 427-454, [1, blank]pp. Evans 3807.

18) Acts Passed by the General Assembly of the Colony of New-York, in November, 1735 [caption title]. [New York: William Bradford, 1735]. 427-834 [i.e. 438, errors in pagination as issued]. Evans 3927.

Bradford's "accomplishments were not inconsiderable and his importance as a printer remains untarnished. His establishment was a veritable seed farm for future printers, having had as apprentices John Peter Zenger, Henry DeForest, James Parker, and his own son, Andrew; and he was himself the progenitor of four generations of printers and publishers. He printed New York's first lawbook (1694), the first published proceedings of an American legislature (New York, 1695), the first New York paper currency (1709), the first American Book of Common Prayer (1706), the first history of New York (1727), and the first copperplate plan of the city (1730), as well as New York's first newspaper" (Alexander J. Wall, Jr., "William Bradford, Colonial Printer, A Tercenary Review" in Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society, [October:1963], pp. 361-384).

Bradford (1663-1752) originally settled in Pennsylvania, where he began operating a printing press in 1685 and a bookstore in 1688. Controversies within the Quaker community, with Bradford supporting the dissident George Keith, led to the temporary seizure of his types and paper in 1692, and in 1693 he moved to New York as the colony's first public printer.

All of the above printings of session laws of the New York General Assembly are exceedingly rare. Acts passed include mundane matters on the regulation of markets and currency, the building of roads, bridges, trading houses and jails, the collection of various duties, etc., to the raising of the militia, the building of forts, the regulation of Indian trade and the prohibition of the trade of Indian goods with the French, and more. Of particular note is the printing of the laws passed in 1730, the fourth year of the reign of George II (item 12, above), which includes "An Act for the more Effectual preventing and punishing the Conspiracy and Insurrection of Negro and other Slaves..."

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Price: $18,500.00

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