“A CORNERSTONE OF NEW YORK AND AMERICAN COLONIAL HISTORY”
(NEW YORK). Journal of the Votes and Proceedings of the General Assembly of the Colony of New-York. Began the 9th Day of April, 1691; and Ended the 27th of September, 1743. WITH: Journal of the Votes and Proceedings of the General Assembly of the Colony of New-York. Began the 8th Day of November, 1743; and Ended the 23rd of December, 1765. New York: Hugh Gaine, 1764, 1766. Two volumes. Thick folio, period-style full brown calf, raised bands, red and black morocco spine labels. $5600.
First edition of “the most important legal collection of its time, and a cornerstone of New York and American colonial history” (Jenkins).
“The constitutional history of New York can be followed” in this work (Marke 80). Although Journals of New York General Assembly Sessions had been published annually, this is their first compilation, edited by Abraham Lott. “Important” (Larned 161). The present copy includes the last leaf, an Appendix reversing the attainder of Jacob Leisler and others, “who were executed for not delivering the Fort at New York to Richard Ingoldsby, 1690” (Sabin); according to Evans, this last leaf is “often lacking.” Sabin 53719. Evans 9756, 10418. Jenkins 175 (Volume I only). Ex-libris New Jersey Historical Society, with its ink stamps (marked “deaccessioned”) to title pages and several text pages throughout.
Text generally clean, in handsome period-style calf.