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  1. Animals AN ACT for the more effectual Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. 12pp, disbound, Act of Parliament. 1849. £10.00

  2. Annuities AN ACT for the Relief of Fulke Emes, Gent., and others who had elapsed their times, either for Paying their Money or Naming their Nominees, for Purchasing Annuities; And also for Relief of Sir John Mead... and Dorothy Ireland and others in respect of several Tickets for Payment of Annuities, and of several Million-Lottery and Malt-Lottery Tickets, and Exchequer-Bills, and Debentures to the Army, which have been Burnt or Lost. 12pp, disbound, plus cover leaf. Attractive woodcut initial letter. Act of Parliament. 1704. £25.00
    Probably Fulke Emes of Alcester in Warwickshire.

  3. Antigua, Saint Kitts, Nevis, Dominica, and Montserrat AN ACT for granting Relief to the Islands of Antigua, Saint Kitts, Nevis, Dominica, and Montserrat. Pages numbered 641-644, small folio, disbound, Act of Parliament. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and Andrew Spottiswoode, 1843. £10.00
    Relates to the losses caused by the earthquakes.

  4. Apprentices AN ACT for better regulating Apprentices, and Persons working under Contract. 4pp, plus title leaf, small folio, disbound. Decorative initial letter with cupids, black letter. Act of Parliament. 1766. £18.00

  5. Avon AN ACT for the better regulating the Navigation of the River Avon, running through the Counties of Warwick, Worcester and Gloucester.... 16pp plus cover leaf, disbound, Act of Parliament. Black letter. 1751. £10.00

  6. Bankruptcy AN ACT for the Relief of the Creditors of Thomas Pitkin, a Bankrupt, and for the Apprehending of him, and the Discovery of the Effects of the said Thomas Pitkin and his Accomplices. 6pp, disbound, Act of Parliament. Black Letter, plus cover leaf, floral woodcut initial. 1704. £28.00
    Pitkin amassed vast amounts of cloth 'to the Value of Seventy thousand Pounds...' but to prevent the execution of the Bankruptcy order 'hath withdrawn himself and fraudulently conveyed all his Goods and Effects into the hands of his said Accomplices... to the great Discouragement of Trade...' A House of Commons Committee inquired into abuses committed in relation to the bankruptcy, and a report was published in 1706.

  7. Berkshire and Hants Railway AN ACT for making a Railway from the Berks and Hants Railway at Hungerford to join the Line of the Wilts, Somerset, and Weymouth Railway at Westbury and Devizes. 8pp, disbound, Act of Parliament. 1848. £17.00

  8. British Army in America AN ACT for exonerating the Estates and Effects of the late Sir James Colebrooke, the late Sir George Colebrooke, Arnold Nesbitt.... from all Claims and Demands in respect of any Contracts entered into with His Majesty's Government. 9pp., sm. folio, disbound. Act of Parliament. 1815. £14.00
    Those named had entered into an agreement in 1758 for supplying provisions for the British Army garrisons at Louisburgh and Saint John.

  9. British Population AN ACT for taking account of the Population of Great Britain. 10p, disbound, small folio, Act of Parliament. 1850. £12.00

  10. Charitable Corporation AN ACT to encourage and compel George Robinson and John Thompson to appear, and produce the Books, and discover the Effects of the Charitable Corporation for Relief of industrious Poor... 8pp, disbound, last few leaves spotty. 1732. £8.00

  11. Charities AN ACT for the registering and securing of Charitable Donations. 6pp., sm. folio. Disbound. Act of Parliament. 1812. £8.00
    'many of the aforesaid Donations appear to have been lost... or are in Danger of being lost, or rendered very difficult to be preserved...'

  12. Chepstow, Pilning, Wootton Bassett Railway AN ACT for incorporating a Company for making a Railway to be called "the South Wales and Great Western Direct Railway," 18pp, recent cloth boards, couple of pages slightly ragged and dust-stained. Act of Parliament. 1865. £16.00

  13. Coal Mines AN ACT for Inspection of Coal Mines in Great Britain. 4pp, disbound, small folio, Act of Parliament. 1850. £12.00

  14. Diamonds AN ACT for the free Importation and Exportation of Diamonds, Pearls, Rubies, Emeralds and all other Jewels.... 2pp, disbound, attractive woodcut initial letter with birds, cover leaf. 1732. £10.00

  15. Gaming AN ACT to explain... an Act... intituled An Act for the more effectual Punishment of Persons who shall attain... Possession of Goods or Money by false or untrue Pretences... for the preventing Gaming in Publick Houses by Journeymen, Labourers, Servants and Apprentices... 12pp., sm. folio, plus cover leaf. Woodcut headpiece with ships etc. 1784. £10.00

  16. Gaols AN ACT for consolidating and amending the Laws relating to the building, repairing and regulating of certain Gaols and Houses of Correction... 42pp., disbound, small folio. Act of Parliament. 1823. £12.00
    With a double page example of the Annual Return Form with types of prisoner, no. of officers, clothing allowance etc.

  17. Great Western Railway AN ACT for authorising the London and South Western Railway Company to make new Railways and deviations... for the sale or amalgamation... with the undertaking of the Company of the Salisbury and Dorset Junction Railway.... 56pp., held at edge with staples. 1883. £16.00

  18. Gunpowder AN ACT for granting an Allowance upon the Exportation of British made Gunpowder. 5pp., plus cover leaf. Some offsetting. Sm. folio, disbound. Act of Parliament. 1731. £9.00

  19. Hue and Cry AN ACT for the Amendment of the Law relating to Actions on the Statute of Hue and Cry. 9pp, small folio, disbound, Act of Parliament. 1735. £14.00

  20. Huntingdon and Cambridge Land AN ACT for dividing, allotting, enclosing, draining, and preserving, certain Commons and Waste Grounds, called The Hern Common, and Gore Common, within the Manor and Parish of Ramsey... 52pp, cover leaf, disbound, folio, Act of Parliament. 1796. £18.00

  21. Kennet and Avon AN ACT for making a Navigable Canal from or near Gain's Cross, in the Parish of Shillington Okeford, in the County of Dorset, to communicate with the Kennet and Avon Canal, at or near Widbrook, in the County of Wilts, and also a certain Navigable Branch from the intended Canal. Pages numbered 551-630, disbound, folio, Act of Parliament. First leaf browned, four subsequent leaves slightly darkened. 1796. £75.00
    Includes a 5 page schedule of the owners/occupiers of the land concerned.

  22. Kennet and Avon Canal AN ACT to vary and alter the Line of the Canal, authorised to be made by an Act... intituled An Act for making a Navigable Canal from the River Kennet... to the River Avon... and to amend the said Act, and also to make a certain Navigable Cut therein described. 16pp., small folio, disbound. Act of Parliament. 1796. £24.00

  23. Kent and Middlesex AN ACT to authorize the Sale of a Mansion House purchased under the Trusts of the Will of the late John Julius Angerstein deceased... 32pp., disbound, small folio, 1840... together with... An Act to enable John Angerstein to grant Building and Repairing Lease of Lands in the Parish of Grimsby... and in the Parish of East Greenwich... 27pp., includes 2p. Schedule of property, 1837. Two Acts of Parliaments. 1837-40. £15.00
    The Mansion house was in St. James's Square, Westminster.

  24. London and Birmingham Railway AN ACT for making a Railway from the London and Birmingham Railway to or near to Navigation Street within the Borough of Birmingham. 17pp., small folio, disbound. Act of Parliament. 1846. £12.00

  25. London and North-western Railway AN ACT for conferring additional Powers on the London and North-western Railway Company in relation to their own Undertaking and the Undertakings of other Companies... Pages numbered 1-53, small folio, disbound. Act of Parliament. 1872. £10.00
    Details the new roads to be made in Cheshire, Stafford, Westmorland, Lancashire, the purchase of land in Shoreditch, etc.

  26. London to Holyhead Road, Coventry AN ACT for the further Improvement of the Road from London to Holyhead, and of the Road from London to Liverpool. 30pp., disbound, small folio. Act of Parliament. 1827. £12.00
    Includes 2p. Schedule of Lands in Coventry, with columns for Premises, Occupiers, etc.

  27. Malicious Damage to Mines etc. AN ACT for making perpetual several Acts.... for preventing Theft and Rapine on the Northern Borders.... Persons going armed in Disguise... breaking down the Bank of any River... and also.... Punishment of Persons maliciously setting on Fire any Mine, Pit... 5pp, disbound, plus cover leaf. Act of Parliament. 1758. £12.00

  28. Methodist Conference AN ACT to enable the Yearly Conference of the People called Methodists to delegate or confer certain powers to or upon Conferences in Australasia and elsewhere, and to confirm past acts in relation thereto.... 12pp, disbound, outer pages slightly grubby and ragged. 1876. £12.00
    Contains Schedule of Deed Poll of Rev. John Wesley, referring to Chapels in Leeds, Bristol, London.

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  29. Monmouth and Gloucester AN ACT for repairing and maintaining certain Roads leading to and from Chepstow, and other Places in Monmouth and Gloucester, called The District of Chepstow and The New Passage District. 52pp, sm. folio, disbound, Act of Parliament. London: Printed by George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 1822. £16.00

  30. Naval Timber AN ACT to continue.... an Act.... for permitting the Importation of Masts, Yards, Bowsprits, and Timber for Naval Purposes, from the British Colonies in North America, Duty-free. 2pp, disbound, folio, Act of Parliament. 1810. £10.00

  31. New Zealand AN ACT to promote Colonization in New Zealand, and to authorize a Loan to the New Zealand Company. 9, disbound, Act of Parliament. 1847. £16.00

  32. Newfoundland AN ACT to regulate the rebuilding of the Town of Saint John's in Newfoundland, and for indemnifying Persons giving up Ground for that Purpose. 4pp, small folio, portion torn from inner margin, disbound, Act of Parliament. 1820. £14.00

  33. Pilchard Fishery AN ACT to revive and continue an Act made in the Thirty-first Year of His present Majesty, intituled An Act for the Encouragement of the Pilchard Fishery, by allowing a further Bounty upon Pilchards taken, cured and exported. 2pp, disbound, Act of Parliament. 1805. £10.00

  34. Pilchards AN ACT for amending the laws relating to the Allowance of the Bounties on Pilchards exported.... 2ęp, disbound, Act of Parliament. 1812. £12.00

  35. Population of Great Britain AN ACT for taking an Account of the Population of Great Britain. 9pp, disbound, small folio, Act of Parliament... together with... An Act for taking an Account of the Population of Ireland. 4pp. 1840. £12.00

  36. Prince of Orange AN ACT for Naturalizing the most Serene Prince William Charles Henry Friso, Prince of Orange and Nassau. 2pp, disbound, plus cover leaf. Decorative initial letter. 1734. £10.00
    'descended from that Illustrious House to which this Kingdom owes its Preservation from Popery and Slavery'.

  37. Promissory Notes AN ACT for giving like Remedy upon Promissory Notes, as is now Used upon Bills of Exchange, and for the better Payment of Inland-Bills of Exchange. 7pp., small folio, black letter, cover leaf, first page with attractive initial letter with flowers, decorative headpiece at top of page. Act of Parliament. 1704. £22.00
    Paginated pp. 183-189.

  38. Public Libraries and Museums AN ACT for enabling Town Councils to establish Public Libraries and Museums. 5pp, disbound, small folio, Act of Parliament. 1850. £8.00

  39. Railways AN ACT for regulating Railways. 6pp, disbound, small folio, Act of Parliament. 1840. £14.00

  40. River Kennet AN ACT for making the Acts of the First and Seventh Years of His late Majesty's Reign (for making the River Kennet navigable from Reading to Newbury) more effectual. 11pp., plus cover leaf. Small folio, disbound. Act of Parliament. Black letter. Attractive initial woodcut with cherubs etc. 1730. £17.00

  41. Roads AN ACT for the better repairing and amending the Highways, and for settling the Rates of Carriage of Goods.... 1689. 12mo, 99pp, separately paginated, disbound, title page, presumably once bound, with cloth spine, but lacking boards, old sellotape mark on title page, last few leaves browned. Reprinted by Thomas Bassett, 1749. £25.00

  42. Seditious Meetings AN ACT for the more effectually preventing Seditious Meetings and Assemblies, to continue in force until the End of the Session of Parliament next... 15pp., sm. folio. Disbound. Act of Parliament. 1819. £12.00
    Banned meetings of more than fifty people.

  43. Severn Bridge AN ACT for building a Bridge over the River Severn at or near to the Mythe Hill, within the Parish and near the Town of Tewkesbury.... to the opposite Side of the said River, in the Parish of Bushley in Worcester; and for making convenient Roads and Avenues to communicate with such Bridge... 64pp, sm. folio, disbound, Act of Parliament... together with... AN ACT for continuing this Act and the Act of 1826, 6pp. 1850. 2 items. 1823 and 1850.. £30.00

  44. Shipping AN ACT for the registration of Vessels. 24pp., disbound, small folio. Act of Parliament. 1823. £12.00

  45. Slave Trade AN ACT to continue until the First Day of August One thousand eight hundred and forty-three an Act for authorizing Her Majesty to carry into immediate Execution, by Orders in Council, any Treaties for the Suppression of the Slave Trade 1p., disbound, small folio, Act of Parliament. 1842. £10.00

  46. Somerset and Dorset AN ACT for conferring further powers on the Somerset and Dorset Railway Company. 7pp., small folio, disbound. Act of Parliament. 1874. £15.00

  47. Somerset and Wiltshire Roads AN ACT for repairing and widening the Roads from Tinhead Hill to the Round Stone in Trowbridge; and from Flinty Nap to Western Down in the Parish of Edington, in the County of Wilts; and other Roads in the Counties of Wilts and Somerset, leading towards the Cities of Bristol and Bath. 36pp, disbound, Act of Parliament. 1752. £18.00

  48. South-eastern Railway AN ACT to alter and divert the Line of the South-eastern Railway from a Point thereon in the Parish of Chiddingstone in the County of Kent, so as to join the London and Brighton Railway at Redstone Hill in the Parish of Reigate... 21pp., small folio, disbound. Act of Parliament. 1839. £14.00
    With a seven-page Schedule of property with Owners, Occupiers etc. in parishes in Kent and Surrey.

  49. Stannary Wages AN ACT to repeal a Proviso in an Act.... intituled, An Act for the better adjusting and more easy Recovery of the Wages of certain Servants and of certain Apprentices.... which provides that the said Act shall not extend to the Stannaries in Devon and Cornwall. 2pp, small folio, disbound, plus cover leaf. Act of Parliament. Attractive decorative woodcut initial letter. 1754. £10.00

  50. Stealing linen AN ACT to prevent the stealing of Linen... from Fields, Grounds, and other Places, used for whitening, bleaching or drying the same. Cover leaf + 2pp., sm. folio, disbound, Act of Parliament. Attractive initial letter with birds etc. 1731. £12.00

  51. Surrey and Kent AN ACT for making and maintaining a Road from the Kent Road... to Deptford... and a branch therefrom to Horsleydown... 72pp., small folio. Act of Parliament. 1811. £16.00
    With 8p. Schedule of 96 properties giving Owners and Occupiers.

  52. Surrey and Kent AN ACT for amending... an Act... relating to the Execution of the Commission of Sewers for the Limits extending from East Mouldsey in Surrey to Ravensborne in Kent. 16pp., sm. folio. Includes Schedule of Lands with Occupiers and Owners. 1813. £10.00

  53. Telegraph AN ACT to enable His Majesty to acquire Ground necessary for Signal and Telegraph Stations. 7pp., sm. folio, disbound. Act of Parliament. 1815. £12.00

  54. Tithes and Tenancy law AN ACT for making Perpetual an Act for the more easie Recovery of Small Tythes, and also, An Act for the more easie obtaining Partition of Lands in Coparcenary... and Tenancy in common... for making more Effectual and Amending several Acts relating to the Return of Jurors. 6pp., plus cover leaf, sm. folio, disbound, black letter. Attractive woodcut floral initial letter. Act of Parliament. 1704. £18.00

  55. Tottenham and Hampstead Junction Railway AN ACT for authorizing the Tottenham and Hampstead Junction Railway Company to raise further Monies and for making Provision with respect to a Lease.. or Amalgamation of the Undertaking... 14pp., sm. folio, disbound. Act of Parliament. 1866. £10.00

  56. Trade AN ACT for Prohibiting all Trade and Commerce with France. 4pp., black letter, small folio, disbound. Attractive floral woodcut initial letter and decorative top border. 1704. £18.00
    Seeks to ban the import of French manufactures which 'greatly impoverished the English-Artificers, and handicrafts'.

  57. Treatment of Lunatics AN ACT for the Regulation of the Care and Treatment of Lunatics. 43pp, disbound, small folio, Act of Parliament. 1845. £10.00

  58. Warminster, Frome, Woolverton Roads AN ACT for repairing the Roads from Warminster, and from Frome, to the Bath Road; and from Woolverton to the Trowbridge Road; in the Counties of Wilts and Somerset. 56pp, sm. folio, disbound, Act of Parliament. 1812. £18.00
    With a four page Schedule listing lands, occupiers, owners in Beckington, Frome, Norton St. Philip, Hinton Charterhouse, etc.

  59. Wiltshire, Somerset, Devon, Ireland AN ACT for enlarging and extending the Powers given by 'Wyndham's Estate Act, 1854', over divers Freehold, Copyhold, and Leasehold Estates... subject to the Limitations of the Will of the Right Honourable George O'Brien Earl of Egremont deceased. 34pp, disbound, Act of Parliament. 1863. £12.00

  60. Wiltshire, Somerset and Weymouth Railway AN ACT to authorize certain Alterations of the Line of the Wilts, Somerset, and Weymouth Railway. 8pp., small folio, disbound. 1847. £14.00

  61. Wool and Pipe Clay AN ACT against Exporting of Sheep, Wooll, Wool-sels, Mortlings, Shorlings, Yarn made of Wooll, Wool-flocks, Fullers-Earth, Fulling-Clay, and Tobacco-pipe Clay. 13pp., plus cover leaf, small folio, disbound. Act of Parliament. Printed by John Bill and Christopher Barker. 1662. £30.00
    The exportation of wool and clay was leading to the 'great decay of the Woollen Manufactures, the ruine of many families, and the destruction of the Navigation and Commerce of the Kingdoms...'.

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