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[Comprehensive Collection of Iowa Territorial Laws, 1839 - 1846]. IOWA TERRITORIAL LAWS.
[Comprehensive Collection of Iowa Territorial Laws, 1839 - 1846]

[Comprehensive Collection of Iowa Territorial Laws, 1839 - 1846]

Dubuque, Burlington, and Iowa City: 1839-1846. Nine volumes, publication details and pagination in the listing below.

Uniform 20th-century buckram, gilt leather labels. Minor shelf wear, some chipping to labels. Small ink library stamp and ink ownership inscriptions on titlepages, all but one volume trimmed close, minor marginal staining to a few volumes, light foxing.

A comprehensive run of Iowa territorial printings including the extra sessions for July 1840 and June 1844. Iowa was admitted as a state in December 1846. The "Statute Laws of 1839" is an important title, as it is the first legal work printed in Iowa.

The works included here are as follows: 1) The Statute Laws of the Territory of Iowa, Enacted at the First Session of the Legislative Assembly of said Territory, Held at Burlington, A.D. 1838-'39. Dubuque: Russell & Reeves, Printers, 1839. [2],597,[1]pp. Small triangular hole in the titlepage and following leaf, some tiny tape repairs to the next dozen leaves. This is essentially the first legal code for Iowa and the Nebraska, Dakota, and Montana territories. Issued as the first collected Iowa laws, it became famous as "Old Blue Book," which was adopted to serve for many years as the law of all the country west of the Missouri to the Rocky Mountains between the 42nd and 45th parallels. Included is the Northwest Ordinance, the act to establish the territorial government of Iowa, and other resolutions and acts of the Territory. This was the second book printed in Iowa Territory, preceded only by a volume of the Wisconsin legislature, printed in Burlington in 1838, when that legislature was forced to temporarily relocate. "The famous 'Old blue book,' which was for many years the law of all the country west of the Rocky Mountains between the forty-second and forty-ninth parallels of latitude" - Eberstadt. A seminal frontier American law book. Eberstadt 111:297; Fitzpatrick, Iowa Territorial Documents, p.19; LC, Iowa Centennial Exhibition 122; Sabin 35020. 2) Laws of the Territory of Iowa, Enacted at the Session of the Legislature Commencing on the First Monday of October, A.D. 1839. Burlington: J.H. M'Kenny, 1840. 187pp. Fitzpatrick, Iowa Territorial Documents, p.19; Rosenbach 11:30A. 3) Laws of the Territory of Iowa, Passed at the Extra Session of the Legislative Assembly, Begun and Held in the City of Burlington on the First Monday in July in the Year of Our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Forty. Burlington: Printed by J.H. M'Kenny, 1840. 63pp. Fitzpatrick, Iowa Territorial Documents, p.20; Rosenbach 11:30B. 4) Laws of the Territory of Iowa, Enacted at the Session of the Legislature which Commenced on the First Monday of November, A.D. 1840. Burlington: John H. M'Kenny, 1840-41. 135pp. Fitzpatrick, Iowa Territorial Documents, p.20; Rosenbach 11:30C. 5) Laws of the Territory of Iowa, Enacted at the Session of the Legislature which Commenced on the First Monday of December, A.D. 1841. Iowa City: Van Antwerp & Hughes, 1841-42. 150pp. Small tape repair to bottom corner of the titlepage, foredge trimmed close. Fitzpatrick, Iowa Territorial Documents, p.20; Rosenbach 11:30D. 6) Laws of Iowa, Passed at the Session of the Legislative Assembly which Commenced on the 4th day of December, 1843. Burlington: James Clarke, 1844. xi,227pp. Fitzpatrick, Iowa Territorial Documents, p.21. 7) Laws of Iowa, Passed at the Extra Session of the Legislative Assembly which Commenced on the 17th day of June, 1844...Also, the Laws of the Regular Session, which Commenced on the 5th day of May, 1845. Iowa City: Williams and Palmer, 1845. viii,13,[1]pp. Fitzpatrick, Iowa Territorial Documents, p.22. 8) Laws of Iowa, Passed at the Session of the Legislative Assembly which Commenced on the 5th day of May, 1845. Iowa City: Williams and Palmer, 1845. [2],[19]-159pp. Issued with the extra session laws just above, but bound separately here. Fitzpatrick, Iowa Territorial Documents, p.22. 9) Laws of Iowa, Passed at the Annual Session of the Legislative Assembly which Commenced on the First day of December, Eighteen Hundred and Forty-Five. Iowa City: A.H & G.D. Palmer, 1846. x,148pp. Fitzpatrick, Iowa Territorial Documents, p.22-23.

Eberstadt 111:297; Fitzpatrick, Iowa Territorial Documents, pp.19-23; LC, Iowa Centennial Exhibition 122; Rosenbach 11:30A, 11:30B, 11:30C, 11:30D; Sabin 35020.

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