he Laws of the United States of America”, Vol. III, (Philadelphia: Richard Folwell), 1796.

Original Copy of the Historical “Laws of the United States of America”, 1796

The Laws of the United States of America, compiled by Zephaniah Swift and first published by Richard Folwell in 1796, is credited as being the first compilation of United States statutes. Swift’s The Laws of the United States of America is one of only four compilations ever authorized by Congress. The original edition published in 1796 includes the earliest Federal laws and statutes of the United States in three volumes. While this publication was commonly referred to as “Folwell’s Statutes”, Swift is now accurately attributed as the original editor and compiler.

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  • The “LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES” Volume 3, 1796 | An Early publication: “The Laws of the United States of America”, Vol. III, (Philadelphia: Richard Folwell), published in 1796-7 | 478 pp. 8vo., | Signed in type by Timothy Pickering, with lengthy index |  The Laws of the United States of America, compiled by Zephaniah Swift and first published by Richard Folwell in 1796, is credited as being the first compilation of United States statutes. Swift (1759-1853) served as a diligent public servant from 1783 until 1819, spending time in the Connecticut General Assembly, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the Connecticut Supreme Court. While Swift was a notable federalist and prominent advocate against slavery, his most significant contributions to American history remain his writings on early American laws and statutes.

    Swift’s The Laws of the United States of America is one of only four compilations ever authorized by Congress. The original edition published in 1796 includes the earliest Federal laws and statutes of the United States in three volumes. While this publication was commonly referred to as “Folwell’s Statutes”, Swift is now accurately attributed as the original editor and compiler.

    The Laws of the United States of America (Volume III) is Followed by a splendid special title for The Constitution of the United States (signed at the end, George Washington, the President of the Congress. With Acts Passed at the First Session of the First Congress in 1789; at the Second Session of the First Congress in 1790; at the Third Session of the First Congress in 1790; and The Treaties Made by the United States with Foreign Nations, printed in English and in French. [Evans, 31356]. A fantastic collection, with the laws signed in type by President George Washington. The Covers are loose, spine worn and chipped, but content is in very good condition.

     

  • Weight

    5lb.

    Height

    9"

    Width

    5"

    Depth

    2"

    Weight

    5lb.

    Height

    9"

    Width

    5"

    Depth

    2"

    Artist / Maker

    Zephaniah Swift

    Date

    18th Century

    Kind

    Books, Books, Maps, Documents and Manuscripts, Collectibles, Documents & Manuscripts, Ephemera, Memorabilia, Political

    Origin

    American

    Other

    Documents, First Edition, Limited Edition

    Subject

    American Revolutionary War, Americana, Colonial America, Document, Historical, Laws

    Title

    Laws of the United States of America