Halifax, North Carolina: Abraham Hodge, 1800. Octavo, viii, 400 pages. Rebacked in light brown calf with red label and gilt lettering; Boards in contemporary dark brown sheep, show moderate plus bumping to corners, moderate warping to front and back covers, and cracking/chipping to leather overall; Text-block has moderate and uneven age-toning to edges, moderate plus foxing to edges, moderate foxing throughout, and significant ink emendations from a former owner on pastedowns and back free-end pages; Some chipping (gnawing?) to the fore-edges of pages 145-179.
First edition of one of the earliest Southern legal guides. Compiled as a Justice's vade mecum, it contains, in digest form, the current law on scores of pertinent subjects. Nearly seventypages are devoted to slaves. Included are the full texts of both the North Carolina and the U.S. Constitutions. Haywood was a distinguished North Carolina and, later, Tennessee jurist. EVANS 17601.
SCARCE early North Carolina imprint. Not Ex-Lib. Item #100010