JOURNALS OF THE HOUSE OF BURGESSES OF VIRGINIA 1619-1776 13Vols. Full Set #406 of 500
Kennedy, John Pendleton et al., JOURNALS OF THE HOUSE OF BURGESSES OF VIRGINIA 1619-1776 13Vols. Full Set, Richmond: Library Board of the Virginia State Library, 1905-1915. Limited first editions being set # 406 of 500, ¼ buckram/grey paper hardcovers w/printed paper labels, Folio (12.750 x 7.750”), very good / n.a., total 5182 pp., some spines discolored, light wear to board edges and corners, some corners bumped and rubbed, very light soiling, all hinges and joints clean and tight, all labels present and in good order, each book contains its own index, inserted is a reproduction of the book plate of the Virginia Council Chamber, the only original known to exist is in the Virginia State Library. According to a tipped in presentation sheet this set was presented to Dr. Garland R. Quarles of the Winchester School System in 1965.
Originally administered by the governors of the Virginia Company, the House of Burgesses was the elected representative element of the Virginia General Assembly, the legislative body of the Colony of Virginia. On July 30, 1619, Governor Yeardley convened the General Assembly as the first representative legislature in the Americas for a six-day meeting at the new brick church on Jamestown Island, Virginia. The unicameral Assembly was composed of the Governor, a Council of State appointed by the Virginia Company and the 22 locally elected representatives. This first session accomplished little, being cut short by an outbreak of malaria.
From 1642 to 1776, the House of Burgesses was an instrument of government alongside the royally-appointed colonial governor and the upper-house Council of State in the General Assembly. When the Virginia colony declared its independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain at the Fifth Virginia Convention in 1776 and became the independent Commonwealth of Virginia, the House of Burgesses became the House of Delegates, which continues to serve as the lower house of the General Assembly in Richmond, VA to this day.
This is the only complete set of these books known to be on the market for sale in the entire world at this time. A very distinctive set of books – and quite the elegant and rare Capture of Tyme.