ENGLISH COLONIES IN AMERICA
[Six works bound in one, mostly concerning the English colonies in America]
London: 1719-1742. 6 works in one volume, folio. (12 1/2 x 8 inches). Manuscript index.
Contemporary English mottled calf, expertly rebacked to style, spine gilt with raised bands, red morocco lettering piece.
Provenance: Samuel Sandys, 1st Baron Sandys (1695-1770)
An extraordinary sammelband of early 18th century Parliamentary reports and colonial laws relating principally to the English colonies in America, including the first collected printing of colonial charters and an important early work on Georgia.
1) Report from the Commissioners for Trade and Plantations ... a Scheme for the Registering the Wool of Great Britain and Ireland. [London]: 1741 [but 1742]. 11, pp. This Parliamentary report, dated Feb. 12, 1741-2 and issued under Walpole's administration, details a fifty-point process for the licensing of wool from the moment of shearing, in an attempt to reduce the smuggling of wool and the avoidance of export tariffs. ESTC T150068. 2) An Abridgement of Several Acts and Clauses of Acts of Parliament, Relating to the Trade and Navigation of Great Britain, to, and from, and in the British Plantations in America. London: John Baskett. 1739. Text in two columns. 44pp. Includes text from the Molasses Act of 1733, as well as other British Acts of Parliament relating to colonial trade, the fisheries, piracy, and more, from as early as 1660 to 1735. Sabin 80; ESTC T111534 (recording only four copies in North America). 3) [MARTYN, Benjamin (1699-1763)]. An Account shewing the Progress of the Colony of Georgia in America from its First Establishment. London: 1741. , 71, pp. Ordered to be published by the Trustees for Establishing the Colony of Georgia, this work -- the first history of the Colony of Georgia -- was issued as a Parliamentary paper, ordered to be printed 26 February 1741. "While Martyn's two earlier pieces of 1732, his Some Account and New and Accurate Account, were in the nature of prospectuses for the proposed colony of Georgia, the Account shewing the Progress is a year by year record of happenings there, preceded by a discussion of the charter, and especially its reasons for the prohibition against Negroes. There is also much on the relations between Georgia and South Carolina. This is the first year by year account, of the colony of Georgia..." (Streeter). A very few examples are extant with a map of Georgia inserted, not present here and not present in either the Streeter or Siebert copies. Rare. Clark I:121; De Renne I pp. 90--91; European Americana 174/147; Howes M353; Sabin 45000; Siebert sale 573; Streeter sale 2:1145; Vail 411; ESTC T103222. 4) A List of Copies of Charters from the Commissioners for Trade and Plantations ... Viz. Maryland ... Connecticut ... Rhode-Island ... Pensylvania [sic] ... Massachusets Bay ... Georgia ... London: 1741. ; 12; 10; 14; 12; 21, ; 18pp. Text of the Maryland Charter in Latin. The first collected edition of American colonial charters, issued as a Parliamentary paper and ordered to be printed 11 February 1741. ESTC notes two issues: the present with "John Clarke" on the last line of the first page of the Connecticut charter. Rare, with only a single example in the auction records for the past half century. Rich I:15; Sabin 41430; Tower 8; ESTC T80993. 5) Acts of Assembly, Made and Enacted in the Bermuda or Summer-Islands, From 1690, to 1713-14. London: John Baskett, 1719. , v, , 79, pp. With separate title pages to each of the various sessions, i.e. at pages 28, 41 and 55. The first collected laws of Bermuda. Very rare, with no examples in the auction records for the past half century. Sabin 4906; Tower 4; ESTC T145163. 6) Acts of Assembly, Passed in the Island of Barbadoes; From 1717-18, to 1738, inclusive. Part II. London: John Baskett, 1739. x, [2, blank], 315-484pp. Preceded by pp. 315-318 [i.e. a supplement to Part I]. The first part was separately published in 1721 and reissued in 1732, comprising the laws from 1648 to 1718. This second part, recording the laws from 1717 to 138, also includes an abridgment of the previous Acts of Assembly in the rear. Sabin 3260; ESTC T19070.