TOULMIN, Harry, compiler
A Collection of All the Public and Permanent Acts of the General Assembly of Kentucky which are now in force, arranged and digested according to their subjects; Together with Acts of Virginia relating to Land Titles, the Recovery of Rents, and the Encouragement of Learning....
Frankfort: Printed by William Hunter, 1802. 12mo. lxvi, 85, (86)-(93), 86-188, (189)-(190), 189-507, pp.
Original calf, hinges broken, rubbed. Tears and chipping to fore edge of first seven leaves. Tearing and partial loss to pp.263-264, provided in photostatic facsimile. Light tanning and foxing throughout. In a yellow cloth clamshell box.
A pioneering compilation: the 1802 laws of Kentucky.
An early compilation of the laws of Kentucky, preceded only by the 1799 Laws of Kentucky printed in Lexington. Toulmin, Secretary to the Commonwealth of Kentucky, states in the preface that this volume was published in order to provide easier access to the numerous laws passed by the legislature. "The very confused and undigested state in which the acts of the Legislature of Kentucky have hitherto remained, rendered an arranged collection of them highly necessary both to professional gentlemen and to the public at large. The immethodical manner in which the annual volume of laws is published, is by no means favourable to the ease or information of the reader; but when the acts of ten or twelve sessions are bound up together, just as they happened to be printed, the perplexity which attends a reference to them is disgusting in the highest degree. To remedy this inconvenience, the editor of the following work has distributed the acts of assembly into a variety of classes." The laws of Kentucky are organized into fourteen separate sections including laws relating to boundaries, the United States, the General Assembly, revenue, land titles, courts of justice, and domestic concerns. Laws regarding "agriculture, manufacturing, navigation, and commerce" and "the promotion of knowledge" are also recorded. This volume also includes a table of legal phrases, a summary of criminal law, and acts of the Virginia Assembly relating to rents.
American Imprints Inventory (Kentucky) 157; Shaw & Shoemaker 486.