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Acts and Laws of His Majesty's English Colony of Connecticut in New-England in America 

New London, CT:  Timothy Green, 1750 

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD- condition.

  • Leatherbound covers have blind tooled ruled border. 
  • Boards show wear, aging, stains, scratches, scuffing, the initials S.W. carved into back cover, edgewear.  Corners are worn, with exposed board.  See photos.
  • Spine has raised bands, no text, with head end worn and foot end splitting and chipped.  See photos. 
  • Binding is intact; title page is detached.  
  • Pastedown at front has inked signatures, doodles.  No front feps.  Feps at back:  some have been removed; those present are covered with notes and registers of business dealings.  See photos. 
  • Interior is age-toned throughout, exhibits some rippling of pages, some printing shadows.  A 3" closed tear at Titles of the Laws; opening edge torn away pages 131-134, with some loss of text.  See photos.  
  • Inside pages have owner's marks in margin at page 244, a gift inscription in the margin at page 1 of the Charter.  See photos.  
  • Text block edges are foxed, have some edgewear or damage. 
  • PS2024.0221

258 pages. 7.25 x 11.25 inches

A well-used and well-worn copy of the first printing of the Laws of the English Colony of Connecticut from 1750.  In its original brown calf covers, with records written on its end papers that carry the names of 18th century Connecticut colonists.  This copy belonged to Samuel Woodburn of Preston and Stonington, as he wrote "His Book" in the margin of page 244, and scratched his initials in the leather of the back cover. 

On one hand, this volume is significant as a historical artefact; it was clearly carried around and used over time.  The softness of the boards did not come from time on a library shelf.  It is also important as a historical document:  the end papers carry names from colonial Connecticut history, like that of Miner Tracy, their relationships and business dealings. 

The book also has a place in the early printing history of the American colonies.  Timothy Green was a younger son of the Cambridge MA printer Samuel Green, and around 1712 he moved to New London CT and became the official printer to the colony. 

In addition to ownership by Samuel Woodburn, there is a second ownership inscription.  On page one of the Charter, there is a gift inscription, very faint, in the margin, dated 1848. 

Please see photos. More photos available upon request.

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