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[Consecutive run of the printings of the first through seventh Legislative Assemblies of the Territory of New Mexico]. NEW MEXICO TERRITORY.
[Consecutive run of the printings of the first through seventh Legislative Assemblies of the Territory of New Mexico]

[Consecutive run of the printings of the first through seventh Legislative Assemblies of the Territory of New Mexico]

Santa Fe: 1852-1858. 7 volumes, 12mo. (8 7/8 x 5 1/2 inches). Titles and text in English and Spanish. (Institutional ink and blind stamps on the titles).

Early twentieth century tan cloth, red and black morocco labels on spines (wear to labels)

Early and significant New Mexico imprints, containing legislation passed in the formative years of the territory, including first laws following its organization and the first re-printing of the Kearny Code.

[First Assembly] Laws of the Territory of New Mexico, passed by the first Legislative Assembly in the city of Santa Fe, (at a session begun and held on the second day of June, A.D. 1851;) To which are prefixed the Constitution of the United States, and the act of Congress organizing New Mexico as a Territory. Santa Fe: James L. Collins, 1852. 442, [1]pp. Errata on terminal leaf. Check List of New Mexico Imprints and Publications 1784-1876, 65; McMurtrie 39; Sabin 53281. This printing of the first laws of the Territory of New Mexico following its organization, includes the first re-printing of the Kearny Code. That code, written by Colonel Doniphan during the U.S. occupation of the region during the Mexican War and printed in Santa Fe in 1846, would be the first American code of laws locally printed in the far west. The Territory of New Mexico would be ceded to the U.S. as part of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848, and the territory officially organized in November 1850. The first session of the first legislative Assembly of the Territory met in Santa Fe on 1 December 1851, with the first act being an act to establish the Office of the Translator. With text in English and Spanish throughout, in addition to a re-printing of the Kearny Code this volume includes a printing of the organic law creating the territory, the acts passed by both the first and second sessions of the first legislature, a printing of the U.S. Constitution (in Spanish only, as issued), a list of the members of the Assembly and an Index to all the laws. As expected, the acts passed by the first legislative assembly include the foundation acts concerning the establishment of courts, elections, territorial militia, revenue, county boundaries, public lands, negotiations with Indian tribes, and much more. According to an act passed at the first session of the Legislative Assembly of the Territory (approved July 18, 1851, see p. 181), five hundred copies of the laws were ordered to be printed. This foundation work on the establishment of the Territory, printed in the Territory, is very rare. [Second Assembly] Laws of the Territory of New Mexico, passed by the Second Legislative Assembly in the City of Santa Fe. Santa Fe: James L. Collins, 1853. 3-160pp. (Dampstaining, terminal leaf defective with some loss but with photographic facsimiles bound in). Check List of New Mexico Imprints and Publications 1784-1876, 73; McMurtrie 49. [Third Assembly] Laws of the Territory of New Mexico, passed by the Third Legislative Assembly in the City of Santa Fe. Santa Fe: J. L. Collins, 1854. 3-219pp. Check List of New Mexico Imprints and Publications 1784-1876, 78; McMurtrie 53. [Fourth Assembly] Laws of the Territory of New Mexico, passed by the Fifth [i.e. Fourth, error in numbering of sessions] Legislative Assembly in the City of Santa Fe. Santa Fe: Santa Fe Gazette Office, 1855. 3-147pp. Check List of New Mexico Imprints and Publications 1784-1876, 93; McMurtrie 56. [Fifth Assembly] Laws of the Territory of New Mexico passed by the Legislative Assembly. 1855-56. Santa Fe: Santa Fe Weekly Gazette Office, 1856. 3-176pp. Check List of New Mexico Imprints and Publications 1784-1876, 103; McMurtrie 103. [Sixth Assembly] Laws of the Territory of New Mexico passed by the Legislative Assembly. 1856-57. Santa Fe: Office of the Democrat, 1857. 3-112pp. Check List of New Mexico Imprints and Publications 1784-1876, 110; McMurtrie 110. [Seventh Assembly] Laws of the Territory of New Mexico passed by the Legislative Assembly. 1857-58. Santa Fe: Santa Fe Weekly Gazette Office, 1858. 3-96pp. (Titles trimmed at fore-edge). Check List of New Mexico Imprints and Publications 1784-1876, 121; McMurtrie 121. The acts passed in these years, i.e. between 1852 and 1858, cover a variety of subjects, from laws regarding individual rights to others establishing counties, courts, elections, and criminal codes, to particular prohibitions on carrying concealed weapons "within the settlements," laws on vagrancy, gambling, prostitution, selling liquor to Indians, and much more. Other acts deal with the incorporation of mining companies and establishing mail routes. Early and significant New Mexico imprints, containing legislation passed in the formative years of the territory.

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