A collection of the public general statutes ...

v. 27-34 cm.


Numbering peculiarities
  • The early issues are known under various arbitrary titles, i.e. Folio edition, Black letter edition, Sessional laws, and others.
  • The first issue was for 1483 (the first year of the reign of Richard III), and was printed in 1484 by William Caxton or Machlinia, this being the first instance of a sessional publication. From then until 1869, it was published for each session of Parliament with the exception of the period of the Commonwelath, 1640-1660.--cf. Great Britain. Statutes. The statutes of the realm. London, 1810-28. v. 1, p. lvi-lviii.
Linking notes
The Folio edition ceased publication in 1869, but the material was continued from 1870 in "Public general statutes" and its continuations.
  • Before 1797/98 issued without a general t.-p. From 1662-1796/97 each act has a separate t.-p. beginning "Anno regni" and followed by the name of the king, the year of his reign, the session of the Parliament and the imprint (the subject matter being contained in the caption). Each session is paged continuously.
  • Publisher varies.
  • The N.Y.P.L. volumes have been collated by the 1934 ed. of the "Chronological table and Index of the statutes." Until 1757/58 they contain both general and local acts and agree with the index; 1758/59-<1808> omit the local laws, but are complete with the index contained in each volume.
  • Most of the volumes in the N.Y.P.L. are the Sergison-Brooke set from Cuckfield Park in Sussex and are bound in the original full calf with the royal arms on front and back covers.
Supplement note
1704-1796/97 are accompanied by separately paged abstracts.
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