Acts of Assembly, Passed in the Province of Maryland, from 1692, to 1715
London: Printed by John Baskett, 1723. Folio. xi, , 183pp.
Early 20th-century three-quarter morocco and cloth, gilt. Titlepage neatly detached, with a small embossed library blind-stamp and two small holes in upper margin, not affecting text, faint dampstain through most of text.
A rare early collection of Maryland colonial laws.
Like the rare Virginia laws printed by the Royal Printer, Baskett, a few years later, this collection of Maryland laws seems to have been largely unknown to the colonists for whom it was written. Perhaps the laws were not meant for the colonists at all. The Brinley catalogue states: "[Thomas] Bacon, in his preface to his Body of Maryland Laws, 1765, says: 'I have seen (some time before I left England in the Year 1745) an Edition printed at London, at Lord Baltimore's Expense, as I have been informed, for the Use of the Board of Trade, with the Latin Charter prefixed: But I could never meet with a Copy of it in this Province, nor can I recollect the date it bears.'" The Brinley copy realized $42 in 1880; the last copy in auction records is 1948.
Brinley Sale 3657, Sabin 45045.