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AUCTION 19

First Laws of Utah Territory, Printed by Brigham Young

215. UTAH (Territory). Acts, Resolutions, and Memorials, Passed by the First Annual, and Special Sessions, of the Legislative Assembly, of the Territory of Utah, Begun and Held at Great Salt Lake City, on the 22nd day of September, A.D., 1851. Also the Constitution of the United States , and the Act Organizing the Territory of Utah . Published by Authority of the Legislative Assembly.  G[reat] S[alt] L[ake] City: Brigham H. Young, Printer, 1852. 8, 48, 37-258 pp. (complete). 8vo, sewn with fly leaves, but unbound, as issued.  Fly leaves moderately soiled, interior fine.  Here the imprint is in as-issued unbound state, rather than rebound, as it is often found.

     First edition, first issue (the second issue had continuous pagination). (The January 30, 1852 , resolution on p. 213 refers to the Constitution and the Organic Act as “just published.”) Eberstadt 107:381e. Holliday 1116. Jones 267. McMurtrie, The Beginnings of Printing in Utah 15. This early Utah Territory imprint is the first collection of Utah Territory laws and includes important statutes related to ranching, such as an act concerning enclosures and fences. The act relating to marks and brands also regulated the printing of brand books and required the “general recorder to furnish printed copies of all marks and brands to the clerks of different counties,” who were also established as auxiliary recorders by the act (pp. 84-88).

     Also reprints “An Act to Establish a Territorial Government for Utah ,” which first issued separately earlier the same year (McMurtrie 12). Of interest for transportation and communication are the several memorials proposing a railroad to the Pacific, a road from Nebraska to Sacramento, mail service to San Diego (because winter storms block service from the east), and a telegraph line to California. ($300-600)

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