The Laws of the Island of Antigua...vol. I[-III]
London: 1805-1818. Three volumes, quarto. , lxvii, 584; , xx, 636; , xxvii, 467pp. Library ink stamps and contemporary ownership inscription on titlepages. Light dampstaining, particularly to first leaves of second volume. Tape repair to p.301 in first volume.
Twentieth century buckram, leather labels
The laws of the island of Antigua from 1668 through 1817, also including the laws of the Leeward Islands from 1690 to 1798.
Antigua, colonized by the British in the mid-17th century, served as a major sugar producer and hub for shipping in the West Indies. The laws include those governing titles to lands, numerous regulations on slaves, and duties on sugar and molasses produced on the island. The American Revolutionary War caused a significant disruption in the sugar trade, and British sentiment against slavery further served to shift the economy of the island in the late-18th century. These laws were originally issued as a two volume set in 1805, though the third volume followed in 1818 and is noted as Volume III on the titlepage, covering the period 1805-18. An important set of laws governing a major British sugar colony in the West Indies.