TROTT, Nicholas (1663-1740), First Attorney General of South Carolina. The Laws of the Province of South Carolina... Containing all the Perpetual Acts in Force and Use with the Titles of Such Acts as are Repealed, Expired or Obsolete...All the Temporary Acts in Force and Use...the Titles of All the Private Acts, and the Two Charters Granted by King Charles II to the Lords Proprietors of Carolina. And also the Act of Parliament for Establishing an Agreement with Seven of the Said Lords Proprietors for the Surrender of Their Title and Interest to His Majesty... Charleston: Lewis Timothy, 1736.
2 vols. in one, 2o (12¾ x 8½ in). First title in red and black, half-titles and integral blank present. (Lacks all after p.619: 111pp. containing "Temporary Acts" and "Titles of Private Acts," clean tear to leaves Aa2, NN2 and Oo1, tiny wormtrack in blank corner pp.500-542, modern ink signature below last tail-piece). Contemporary calf, covers with simple blind-tooled panel (worn, joint cracked). Hal morocco clamshell case. Provenance: Andrew Rutledge (1709-1755), a Charleston attorney who emigrated from Ireland in 1730; -- Rawlins Lowndes (signature beneath Rutledge's on pastedown, with note "bot....at his sale of books"). Lowndes was a wealthy planter and Deputy Provost Marshall. Evans 4068; Church 927 (wormed, lacking sections at end); Sabin 87697.
THE FIRST SUBSTANTIAL BOOK PRINTED IN SOUTH CAROLINA, evidently preceded only by the modest 24-page An Essay on Currency (Lewis Timothy 1734, Bristol B926: 1 copy known) and several laws, of which no copies exist. THE FIRST DIGEST OF SOUTH CAROLINA LAWS, a massive and quite sumptuous printed book for its date, and one of the largest books printed in the southern colonies or states prior to 1800. Timothy, a protege of Benjamin Franklin, advertised for subscriptions, but received only 48. Apparently "the book was beyond the means of all but a handful of Carolinians" (Amory & Hall, History of the Book in America, p.161). The colonial government agreed to purchase the remainder up to 300 copies, but the book's excessive rarity suggests a far smaller edition. This copy, unsophisticated and in its original binding, has a fine Carolina provenance, although some of the concluding sections of temporary laws (laws awaiting crown approval) have been removed (as in the Church copy).