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LAWS

Laws of the stannaries of Cornwall , made at the convocation or parliament of tinners, at Truro, Sept. 13, anno 27^0 Geo. II. In which the laws made 22^0 Jac. I. 12^0 Car. I. 4^0 Jac. II. are recited and confirmed. To which are added, the laws made at Truro, 2^0 Annae reg. Printed by order of the Convocation

[London?]: [no place or publihser's imprint], [1753?]
8vo in half sheets: π1 A–Q4 (–Q4 =pi1?), 64 leaves, pp. [2] 126.
Condition: 200 x 124mm.
Binding: Contemporary sprinkled calf, gilt ruled sides. Head of spine chipped, corners worn.
Provenance: 'Wootton Fitzpaine, Charmouth', blindstamp on endleaf; a few marginal marks in purple crayon.
First edition.
Bibliography: ESTC t112915; Higgs 433.
£650

These statutes combine and codify all the exiting laws regulating the tin mining industry in Cornwall. They were passed by the Stannary Parliament at its final sitting in Truro in 1752. Up to this time the Stannary Parliament and Stannary Courts had full legislative authority over the enormously important tin mining industry and all connected with it. Although technically the Stannary Parliament still exists, in practice legal authority then reverted to Westminster.
The blindstamp on the endleaf may relate to a prominent house in the village of Wootton Fitzpaine in Dorset.
Keywords:     mining and metallurgy