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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Jewels in the Crown: Colonial and Early State Law

Acts and Laws...Boston, 1742.
Colonial and early US state law is a particular strength within the Pulling Collection, along with items dating from the Revolution. Ranging from early and rare colonial laws to early state and territorial laws, the works shed excellent light on the formation of American government and society. Currently on display are statutes from Massachusetts and New Jersey before and during the Revolution, and a translated Siete Partidas, a medieval Spanish law code which remained partly in force in Louisiana into the nineteenth century.

Acts and Laws of His Majesty’s Province of the Massachusetts-Bay in New-England. Boston, 1742.
The Laws of Las Siete Partidas Which Are Still in Force in the State of Louisiana.  New Orleans, 1820.
Acts of the General Assembly of the State of New-Jersey. Trenton, 1778.

   - Ryan Greenwood, Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections

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