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[Consecutive Run of Louisiana Laws from the First Seventeen Sessions of the State Legislature, 1812 - 1828]. LOUISIANA LAWS.
[Consecutive Run of Louisiana Laws from the First Seventeen Sessions of the State Legislature, 1812 - 1828]

[Consecutive Run of Louisiana Laws from the First Seventeen Sessions of the State Legislature, 1812 - 1828]

New Orleans: 1812-1828. Seventeen volumes, octavo, publication details and pagination provided in the listing below. Uniform 20th-century buckram, gilt leather labels. Small ink library stamp to titlepages, embossed blind-stamp to most titlepages, occasional ink ownership signature, some small paper repairs, minor foxing, some leaves closely trimmed, a few small marginal tears, including the bottom corner of one titlepage, some tears with minor effect to text (individually enumerated in the detailed list below), minor occasional staining, mostly marginal or in the gutters.

An superb consecutive set of the first seventeen session laws issued after Louisiana achieved statehood in 1812, comprising the laws from the first session of the first "General Assembly" or legislature to the second session of the Eighth Legislature. A wealth of interesting information on the early affairs of Louisiana, at a time when the state was at the western extreme of the United States.

The first volume contains much to be expected from a first legislature: a resolution giving the legislature's assent to "an enlargement of the limits of the State of Louisiana," an act regarding the salaries of various state officials, an act establishing election methods for various public offices including the U.S. House of Representatives, an act authorizing a state loan, and an act to organize a "Corps of Militia for the Service of the State of Louisiana." Understandably, there is a voluminous amount of information regarding slavery in the state throughout the laws. During the first session of the legislature alone, two of the twenty-four acts enumerated concern reimbursement from state funds for lost slaves (one to imprisonment and one killed while trying to run away). There are also acts relative to runaway slaves, private emancipation, and more.

Towards the end of the run, the eighth legislature passed an act prohibiting entry of slaves into the state for purposes of sale. Other acts contained here organize the City of New Orleans into wards, with various and numerous laws on internal improvements, civil law, and criminal law. While individual volumes come to the market on occasion, nothing like this group has ever been offered at retail; it is a collection that would be impossible to assemble today on a book-by-book basis.

The imprints included here are as follows:

1) Acts Passed at the First Session of the First General Assembly of the State of Louisiana.... New Orleans: Thierry, 1812. 91pp. Jumonville 226; Shaw & Shoemaker 25881.

2) Acts Passed at the Second Session of the First Legislature of the State of Louisiana.... New Orleans: Baird & Wagner, 1813. vii, 265pp. Burn damage to the upper gutter, affecting an occasional word of text. Jumonville 239; Shaw & Shoemaker 28978.

3) Acts Passed at the Third Session of the First Legislature of the State of Louisiana.... New Orleans: Peter K. Wagner, 1814. [8],119pp. Plus folding plate. Jumonville 249; Shaw & Shoemaker 31952.

4) Acts Passed at the First Session of the Second Legislature of the State of Louisiana.... New Orleans: Peter K. Wagner, 1815. [6],111pp. Plus folding plate. Jumonville 264; Shaw & Shoemaker 35135.

5) Acts Passed at the Second Session of the Second Legislature of the State of Louisiana.... New Orleans: Peter K. Wagner, 1816. [1],iii,172pp. Jumonville 273; Shaw & Shoemaker 38098.

6) [Acts passed] at the [First Session] of the Third Legislature of the State of Louisiana.... New Orleans: J. C. de St. Romes, 1817. 222pp. Top fifth of titlepage lacking, affecting four word in the title. Jumonville 286; Shaw & Shoemaker 41289.

7) Acts Passed at the Second Session of the Third Legislature of the State of Louisiana.... New Orleans: J. C. de St. Romes, 1818. xii, 209pp. Jumonville 300; Shaw & Shoemaker 44614.

8) Acts Passed at the First Session of the Fourth Legislature of the State of Louisiana.... New Orleans: J. C. De St. Romes, 1819. 143pp. Jumonville 315; Shaw & Shoemaker 48514.

9) Acts Passed at the Second Session of the Fourth Legislature of the State of Louisiana.... New Orleans: J. C. De St. Romes, 1820. 155pp. Jumonville 335; Shoemaker 2012.

10) Acts Passed at the First Session of the Fifth Legislature of the State of Louisiana.... New Orleans: J. C. De St. Romes, 1821. 159pp. Small ink burn hole to titlepage, bottom corner of penultimate leaf torn, costing a few words. Jumonville 358. Shoemaker 5859.

11) Acts Passed at the Second Session of the Fifth Legislature of the State of Louisiana.... New Orleans: J. C. de St. Romes, 1822. 130pp. Jumonville 374; Shoemaker 9295.

12) Acts Passed at the First Session of the Sixth Legislature of the State of Louisiana.... New Orleans: J. C. de St. Romes, 1823. [2],xxxi,[3]-110pp. Jumonville 402; Shoemaker 13142.

13) Acts Passed at the Second Session of the Sixth Legislature of the State of Louisiana.... New Orleans: Peter K. Wagner, 1824. 187,[8]pp. Jumonville 432; Shoemaker 16938.

14) Acts Passed at the First Session of the Seventh Legislature of the State of Louisiana....New Orleans: M. Cruzat, 1824-25. 241pp. Untrimmed. Jumonville 457; Shoemaker 21249.

15) Acts Passed at the Second Session of the Seventh Legislature of the State of Louisiana.... New Orleans: James M. Bradford, 1826. 264pp. Jumonville 488; Shoemaker 25144.

16) Acts Passed at the First Session of the Eighth Legislature of the State of Louisiana.... New Orleans: John Gibson, 1827. 211pp. Last third of text trimmed close, costing some page numbers. Jumonville 600; Shoemaker 29537.

17) Acts Passed at the Second Session of the Eighth Legislature of the State of Louisiana.... New Orleans: John Gibson, 1828. [2],[5]-199pp. Jumonville 625; Shoemaker 33906.

Jumonville 226, 239, 249, 264, 273, 286, 300, 315, 335, 358, 374, 402, 432, 457, 488, 600, 625. Shaw & Shoemaker 25881, 28978, 31952, 35135, 38098,41289, 44614, 48514. Shoemaker 2012, 5859, 9295, 13142, 16938, 21249, 25144, 29537, 33906.

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