[San Jose, i.e. New York]: J. Winchester, State Printer, 1850. ix,,482pp. Half title. Quarto. Modern buckram, gilt leather labels. Minor shelf wear, one label lacking, one chipped. Library ink stamp and embossed blindstamp on titlepage, light foxing. Very good. Item #WRCAM44158A
The first published volume of the statutes of California. Herein are contained some of the basic laws establishing the government and civil operations of the state, including naturalization laws, the acts incorporating San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles, and other cities, and acts regarding the militia, internal improvements, marriage rights, etc. Although the titlepage contains a San Jose imprint, these laws were actually printed in New York. "The Legislature of 1850, in consideration of having the Statutes and Journals printed at a reduction of 50% from the price of its contract with the State Printer, agreed to allow them to be printed in the east. When Winchester received his appointment, he agreed to this condition and had them printed in New York by J. Craighead of Fulton Street" - Wagner. COWAN, p.610. WAGNER, CALIFORNIA IMPRINTS 147. GREENWOOD 167 (ref).