AUCTION 23

 
 

Maintaining Good Order in the Lone Star State

 
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547. [TEXAS LAWS]. Group of nine editions (one duplicate) of Texas laws, 1850-1866. The two volumes for 1866 are especially significant because they contain early laws relating to Reconstruction and the reabsorption of Texas back into the United States. Most in good or better condition. First editions.

[1]  Laws of the Third Legislature of the State of Texas. Volume III. Published by Authority. Austin: Printed by Wm. H. Cushney, at the State Gazette Office, 1850. [1-3] 4-224, [2, blank], [i] ii-viii pp. 8vo (20.8 x 14 cm), later half brown speckled sheep over brown cloth. Spine chipped, light to moderate waterstaining. Raines, p. 232. Winkler 178. Part 1 of a 4-part series.

[2]  Special Laws of the Fourth Legislature of the State of Texas. Extra Session. Volume IV. Published by Authority. Austin: Joseph W. Hampton, State Printer, 1853. [1-3] 4-84, [1], [i]-ii [1, blank] pp. 8vo (22.2 x 14.5 cm), unbound, original stitching. First few leaves browned. Raines, p. 232. Winkler 420.

[3]  Special Laws of the Sixth Legislature of the State of Texas, Passed at its Adjourned Session, Convened July 7, 1856. By Authority. Austin: Marshall & Oldham, State Printers, 1856. [3] 4-307, [1, blank], [4], [i] ii-xiii [1, blank] pp. 8vo (21.5 x 14.5 cm), later mustard cloth, black and maroon spine labels lettered in gilt. Raines, p. 233. Winkler 741.

[3A] Another copy of preceding Stitched, untrimmed, and unopened, as issued. A very rare survival in this condition. Edges wrinkled and waterstained.

[4]  General Laws of the Sixth Legislature of the State of Texas, Passed at its Session, Convened November 5, 1855. By Authority. Austin: Marshall & Oldham, State Printers, 1856. [1-3] 4-86, [2, blank], [i-iii] iv-xxxi [1, blank] pp. 8vo (20.5 x 14.2 cm), later mustard cloth, black and maroon spine labels lettered in gilt. Title page foxed; scattered light foxing. Raines, p. 232. Winkler 736.

[5]  General Laws of the Sixth Legislature of the State of Texas, Passed at its Session, Convened November 5, 1855. Austin: Marshall & Oldham, State Printers, 1856. [1-3] 4-86, [2, blank], [i-iii] iv-xxxi [1, blank] pp. 8vo (21.5 x 14.8 cm), later mustard cloth, black and maroon spine labels lettered in gilt.

[5A] General Laws of the Sixth Legislature of the state of Texas, Passed at its Adjourned Session, Convened July 7, 1856. By Authority. Austin: Marshall & Oldham, State Printers, 1856. [1-3] 4-119 [1], [i] ii-viii pp. Winkler 740. Bound with [5].

[6]  Special Laws of the Eighth Legislature, Convened Nov. 7th, 1859. By Authority. Austin: John Marshall & Co., State Printers, 1860. [1-3] 4-292, [2] pp. 8vo (20.8 x 14.2 cm), later mustard cloth, black and maroon spine labels lettered in gilt. Raines, p. 233. Winkler 1429. Scattered foxing; some leaves browned. This was the last legislature before Secession.

[7]  General Laws of the State of Texas, Passed by the Eleventh Legislature. By Authority. Austin: Printed by Jo. Walker at “State Gazette” Office, 1866. [1-3] 4-272, [2], [i] ii-xxvii [1, blank] pp. 8vo (21 x 14 cm), disbound, title page separated. Raines, p. 235. Winkler & Friend 1560. Among the laws passed is one of October 26, 1866, prohibiting persons of color from testifying in court against anyone except another person of color; another on October 31 states that anyone with less than one-eighth African blood is deemed to be white; on November 6 one requires every train to have one car attached to it for Freedmen; and another on November 10 defines “the rights of persons lately known as Slaves, and Free Persons of Color,” although the expanded rights do not include the right to vote, intermarry, or hold office. On November 1, the entire legislature passed a joint resolution refusing the ratify the 14th amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The laws are all examples of the so-called Black Codes passed by many Southern states that the 14 amendment undid. On a ranching note, a law of October 26, is "A Law to Regulate Estraying of Stock in the State of Texas."

[8]  Special Laws of the State of Texas, Passed by the Eleventh Legislature. By Authority. Austin: Printed by Jo. Walker, State Gazette Office, 1866. [1-3] 4-453 (misnumbered 553), [1], [i] ii-xii pp. 8vo (21.4 x 15 cm), contemporary three-quarter brown sheep over dark blue marbled boards, spine gilt lettered. Spine dry and chipped, hinges cracked, rubbed. Title foxed; scattered light foxing. With October 14, 1872, pencil signature of R.M. Hutchins on front flyleaf, and ink signature of M. Wilson at various places in the volume. Raines, p 235. Winkler & Friend 1561.

($200-400)

Sold. Hammer: $325.00; Price Realized: $398.13.

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