The Charter Granted by their Majesties King William and Queen Mary, to the Inhabitants of the Province of the Massachusetts-Bay in New-England

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Brown full leather binding. No lettering on front cover or spine. Five raised bands. 8" x 12." Pages [2] 2-14, [1] 2-28, [2] 1-333, 335-337, 339-340, 341-344, 345-348. On several of the blank flyleaves in front and back and in margins of title page are former owners' markings such as names, dates, and artistic pencil scrawls. Most, if not all, of these markings appear to be relatively contemporary and date to the 1740s. Among the people who signed are Abraham Chandler, Lemuel Harlow, Josiah Dean, Abel Haywood, William Washburn, Nehemiah Washburn, Nathan Perkins, and Ebenezer Perkins. Pages are clean and intact overall but having browning, age toning, foxing, and rippling throughout. Covers are clean and intact overall but have moderate surface wear, light to moderate edge wear, and splits at top of each outer joint (measuring about 2"). Joints are still holding. A Very Good copy. This book contains the charter of the Massachusetts Bay Colony as well as a list of acts pertaining to said colony. The first fourteen pages are the charter of Massachusetts Bay Colony. The next twenty-eight pages are "The Table" which is a Table of Contents for the list of laws that follow. Most of the book is composed of this main list of acts which was printed in 1742. In the back are four additional documents printed in 1743, namely, a list of "Acts and Laws" on Pages 335-337 and three additional acts (each of which begin with "An Act") on Pages 339-340, 341-344, and 345-348, respectively. It is common for this edition as well as earlier collected editions to have the charter bound in the front followed by the full compilation of laws printed in 1742. This is an invaluable historical document about the early laws, politics, and economics of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.