Richmond [VA]: Printed by and for Samuel Pleasants, Junior, Printer to the Commonwealth; Printed for the editor at the Franklin Press, W.W. Gray, Print.; Printed for the Editor. J. & G. Cochran, Printers; Printed for the Editor., by George Cochran; Printed for, 1809-23. 13 volumes. 8vo. Full leather bindings with red leather title label, black leather volume number label, and black leather owner label of Mayo C. Brown. Brown was a lawyer and legislature from Lynchburg in the early 20th century. A few volumes have cracked joints and some chipping to tops of spines. Overall in very good condition, a pleasing set to the eye. Early ownership signature of Philip C. Pendleton (1779-1863) who attended Princeton University and Dickinson College, entering the bar around 1800. Pendleton was a member of the Board of Commissioners which decided in 1818 to locate the Univ. of Virginia in Charlottesville. Other members of the board included Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe and John Marshall. He participated in the Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1829-30 and for many years served as Chief Judge of Beckley County until his death. Item #61935
Jefferson's involvement with the statutes begins with the legislation of 1795 to create them, access to his library greatly improved their completeness. One reads the development of our country in the compilation of these early laws, it is one way we stand out from other nations. From the beginning we were governed by laws recorded in print. The correspondence between Hening and Jefferson is well documented in Sowerby's bibliography of Jefferson's library. Sowerby 1863.