Acts Passed at the First Session of the Legislative Council of the Territory of Orleans, Begun and Held at the Principal, in the City of New-Orleans...One Thousand Eight Hundred and Four.... [and] Acts Passed at the Second Session of the Legislative Council of the Territory of Orleans, Begun and Held at the Principal, in the City of New-Orleans...One Thousand Eight Hundred and Five....
New Orleans: James M. Bradford, 1805. Octavo. Two volumes. xxxiv, 461; xii, 95pp.
Bound to style in half calf and marbled boards, leather labels. Short tear to titlepage of the second volume, neatly mended small marginal tape repair to F4 in the first volume, light staining to some leaves, occasional tanning, minor contemporary ink marginalia.
The first American laws in the West.
A rare and important set of the the first American laws printed west of the Mississippi. They encompass the first two session laws for the Louisiana territory under American rule, with the text printed in English and French on facing pages. In March, 1804, the Louisiana Purchase was divided into the Territories of Orleans (south of the present border of Arkansas and Missouri) and Louisiana (everything to the north and west, governed until 1807 by Indiana Territory). The influence of French and Spanish laws in North America is evident in these early territorial laws, as it took Congress more than two decades to determine their intent with regard to existing Spanish and French law. These imprints are the same as the second and third works bound with the Compilation of New Orleans laws in item 1587 in the Streeter sale. "At the first session of the Legislative Council 51 Acts and one joint resolution were approved, the latest on May 1, 1805; and at the second session 15 acts were approved, the latest dated July 3, 1805" - Streeter. Early Louisiana laws are especially rare; this is only the second time we've ever seen these imprints.
Jumonville 121, 122; McMurtrie (New Orleans) 77, 78; Shaw & Shoemaker 9072, 9073; Streeter 1587 (ref).