1819.040: Hening's Statutes at Large, Volume 5.

Published: 1819

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 V. By William Waller Hening.

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

Place Issued: Richmond

Issuing Press: Samuel Pleasants

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 fifteem 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 (this item & 1819.041), volume VII in 1820 (1820.043), volumes VIII & IX in 1821; volume X in 1821, and finally volumes XI, XII & XIII in 1823. This volume covers the years 1738 to 1748. This volume represents a restart to the project following a suspension occasioned by the death of Hening's printer, Samuel Pleasants, in October 1814; the suspension depleted the funding for the project, impelling Hening to petition the Assembly in late 1817 to increase its subscription to the work from 200 to 800 copies; once they had agreed to the change, he engaged nephew William Waller Gray as his new printer; Gray issued both volume V and VI in 1819 and volume 7 in 1820. Hening also had additional copies (600 each) of the first four volumes reprinted in 1822 and 1823 to fill out the 200 copy/sets previously subscribed for by the state government to finally complete the project. The Early American Imprints Series filmed the first six volumes under the entry number used by Shaw & Shoemaker for volume I (19121).

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