[San Jose] & San Francisco. 1851, 1852. 558; 314pp. with three-page errata bound into the first volume. Modern buckram, gilt leather labels. Minor shelf wear and soiling, slight chipping to labels. Faint ink library stamps and embossed blindstamps on titlepages, a few signatures tanned in first volume, occasional contemporary ink marginalia in second volume, minor foxing. Very good. Item #WRCAM50098
Two of the earliest imprints in the state of California, and two of the first three publications of laws printed in the state, constituting the laws for the second and third sessions of the California legislature. The first STATUTES of 1850 was actually printed in New York, and the 1851 STATUTES is one of two printings in that year, with an edition also printed in San Francisco. The laws instituted here are commensurate with those of a fledgling state, with additional provisions covering mining, as California was in the grips of the Gold Rush at this time. "The second STATUTES is as rare as the first which was published in San Jose [actually New York], 1850" - Decker. Rare, with only two and three copies in OCLC, respectively. DECKER 50:62. CLIFFORD 12a, 12b. MIDLAND NOTES 59:98. OCLC 77805265, 65114630, 166509049.