Acts of the General Assembly, II Geo. III. With an Index ... [bound with:] Acts of the General Assembly, 12 Geo. III. With an index
Williamsburg: William Rind, 1771-1772. Folio. , 8; , 51pp.
Bound to style in half calf and marbled boards in antique style, leather label. Last leaf backed, minor foxing and toning.
Pair of colonial Virginia imprints, including trials of slaves and protecting the tobacco trade.
Two Virginia imprints comprising session laws of the General Assembly passed July 1771 and February 1772. Various acts provide relief for owners of tobacco damaged or burned in a warehouse fire, regulations for disciplining the militia, guidelines for "Trials and Outlawries of Slaves," and others, including numerous acts creating infrastructure. The second volume is the second issue, with the correct date in the imprint. Though mentioned on both titlepages, an Index was never printed. Of the first volume, Berg writes: "Once again public money had to be raised to repay planters for tobacco lost or burned at inspection warehouses in Henrico, Chesterfield, King George, and Northampton Counties. The treasurer of the colony was authorized to borrow up to 30,000 pounds to repay those individuals suffering losses." Regarding the second volume, again from Berg: "An act passed at this session to erect and maintain a lighthouse at Cape Henry displays a rare example of financial cooperation between the colonies of Maryland and Virginia. Both colonial assemblies approved this joint venture, which was to be financed from a duty placed on ships using the Chesapeake Bay." Rare, with Berg recording only nine copies of the first and eleven copies of the second.
Evans 12265, 12591. Berg 200, 208. ESTC W8520, W23642. OCLC 6325885, 63255965.