1820.042: Hening's Statutes at Large, Volume 4, 2nd edition.

Published: 1820

Full Title: The statutes at large. Being a collection of all the laws of Virginia, from the first session of the legislature, in the year 1619. Published pursuant to an act of the General Assembly of Virginia, passed on the fifth day of February, one thousand eight hundred and eight. Volume IV. … 1711-1736..

Author: Hening, William Waller (1768-1828), comp.

Place Issued: Richmond

Issuing Press: William W. Gray

Description: 604 pgs.; 22cm. (8vo).


In February 1808, the Assembly authorized publication of the colonial-era laws of Virginia in a series of volumes edited by William Waller Hening; the project ran to 13 volumes, covering the statutes enacted from 1619 to 1792; but Hening was only allowed to charge the state for one volume per year, and as a result of financial issues, unexpected changes in printers, and lost certification documents, it took fifteen years to complete the project: volume I issued in January 1810 (1809.034), volume II in January 1811 (1810.092), volume III in February 1813 (1812.108), volume IV in 1816 (1814.105), volumes V & VI in 1819 (1819.040 & 1819.041), volume VII in 1820 (1820.043), volumes VIII & IX in 1821; volume X in 1821, and volumes XI, XII & XIII in 1823. The project was interrupted by the death of Hening's original printer, Samuel Pleasants, in October 1814; when publication resumed in 1818, Hening had succeeded in increasing the state's subscription from 200 to 800 copies of each volume; he engaged his nephew, William Waller Gray, as his new printer, who issued both volume V and VI in 1819. Hening also had additional copies (600 each) of the first four volumes reprinted to fill out the 200 copy/sets previously provided to the state to complete the project. This title represents the first of those reprint editions, and is the only one of those volumes printed by Gray. The Early American Imprints Series filmed the first six volumes under the entry number used by Shaw & Shoemaker for volume I (19121); all thirteen volumes are available in digital form at several online repositories, such as Google Books, Internet Archive, and HathiTrust.

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