1st Edition. Extremely important American legal work of the Revolutionary War era. This volume, printed by Ann Catherine Green, "has the distinction of being the only Colonial Maryland imprint with a copper engraved title page, and was considered the best-known example of Thomas Sparrow's work" [Hudak. Early American Women Printers and Publishers 265-299]. Lawrence Wroth (The Colonial Printer) says the engraved title page "was Sparrow's best work." The first original American legal guide, it is also the first American book on the law of wills. Dedicated to the last Royal Governor of Maryland, Robert Eden, it was printed by Ann Catherine Green, wife of Jonas Green, whom she succeeded as public printer of Maryland after her husband passed in 1767. The engraved title page, the only one issued from a colonial Maryland press, and the plate were the work of Thomas Sparrow, the only engraver south of the Mason-Dixon Line prior to 1775. Vallette was registrar of the Prerogative Office of Maryland Province.An exceptionally important work, this 1774 1st Edition is bound in original sheep. Binding rubbed with mild edge wear, including a chip to the leather at lower front corner and short mild splits in outer front joints at crown and heel of spine edge. Original burgundy gilt spine label intact, though rubbed at edges. Interior occasionally browned though in excellent condition. Dedication page to Eden with a scratched-out name in 18th-century ink. Overall, a handsome, quality edition of an extremely important piece of Legal Americana. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: THE DEPUTY COMMISSARY'S GUIDE WITHIN THE ...
Publisher: Ann Catherine Green
Publication Date: 1774
Book Condition: Used: Very Good
Edition: 1st Edition.
Book Description Printed by Catherine Green and Son,, Annapolis:, 1774. iv, 248, , [1 blank] pp, plus engraved title page [toned, minor wear] and Table of Descent opposite page 106 by Sparrow. Original sheep [corners rubbed], rebacked in period style. Text with scattered and generally light foxing, Very Good. A very early, complete American legal and business guide. This noteworthy book, printed by Ann Green, "has the distinction of being the only Colonial Maryland imprint with a copper engraved title page, which coincidentally was considered the best-known example of Thomas Sparrow's work" [Hudak. Early American Women Printers and Publishers 268]. Green, who inherited the business from her husband in her middle age, "when many women might have indulged in self-pity, summoned all her inner resources and undertook both the support of her children and the accomplishment of a vital public service" [Id. 267]. Wroth says the engraved title page "was Sparrow's best work."FIRST EDITION. Hudak 9-50 and page 270. Evans 13742. Wroth 338. Cohen 4632. Bookseller Inventory # 29810