London: Printed by John Baskett, 1723. xi,,183pp. Folio. Early 20th-century three-quarter morocco and cloth, gilt. Title with some internal tears, neatly repaired, title backed. Very faint dampstain to outer edge of text. Very good. Item #WRCAM49280
A rare early collection of Maryland colonial laws. Like the rare Virginia laws printed by the Royal Printer, Baskett, a few years later, this collection of Maryland laws seems to have been largely unknown to the colonists for whom it was written. Perhaps the laws were not meant for the colonists at all. The Brinley catalogue states: "[Thomas] Bacon, in his preface to his BODY OF MARYLAND LAWS, 1765, says: 'I have seen (some time before I left England in the Year 1745) an Edition printed at London, at Lord Baltimore's Expense, as I have been informed, for the Use of the Board of Trade, with the Latin Charter prefixed: But I could never meet with a Copy of it in this Province, nor can I recollect the date it bears.'" The Brinley copy realized $42 in 1880; the last copy in auction records is 1948. SABIN 45045. BRINLEY SALE 3657.