The Code of 1650, being a compilation of the earliest laws and orders of the General Court of Connecticut: Also, the Constitution, or civil compact, entered into and adopted by the towns of Windsor, Hartford, and Wethersfield in 1638-9. To which is added some extracts from the laws and judicial proceedings of New-Haven colony commonly called Blue Laws
Hartford: Silas Andrus, 1825. Good. Item #25721
Hartford: Silas Andrus, 1825. Reprint. 12mo; publisher's sheep over paper-covered wooden boards, gilt-lettered spine; 119pp.; woodcut frontispiece. Binding quite worn with paper almost entirely perished, top quarter of upper cover removed as is 1.5" square at bottom fore-edge corner, light foxing to textblock, 20th century ex libris of an Abigail Treat Holt to front pastedown, which survives intact despite losses to upper cover. Good only, though an excellent teaching example of a popular early 19th-century American binding practice.
Entertaining tract reproducing the Puritanical colonial "Blue Laws" of 17th-century Connecticut, perhaps most famous for the woodcut frontispiece cartoon titled "The Constable seizing a tobacco taker," referencing the law prohibiting the chewing of tobacco. In the cartoon, set in a quaint Connecticut farmyard (the rear end of a cow just visible to the left, a frantic chicken trying to clear the wooden gate), the action shows a young rapscallion being cuffed by the constable as the constable's young family look on. Speech balloons float out of four of the characters' mouths, the young tobacco chewer attempting to bribe the constable ("Say no thing--you shall have some of the tea"), while the constable's wife reassures their son "My child, he will have his dserts [sic]."