Richmond: Samuel Pleasants; Thomas Ritchie, 1814, 1815, 1816.
Three consecutive years of the Acts of Virginia’s General Assembly “Begun and held at the Capitol in the City of Richmond” for 1814, 1815, and 1816. The acts of course contain much on the subject of slavery. ~~Of interest to some will be a footnote to the printing: Samuel Pleasants printed the Acts for 1814, and Thomas Ritchie for the next two years. Pleasants died in October 1814, at which point his widow Deborah took control of the business as the administrator of Samuel's estate, employing the cadre of experienced journeymen that Samuel had left behind. The 1815 Acts, page 151, records “An Act concerning Deborah Pleasants” in which the Commonwealth may agree to have the public printing of the Commonwealth “done by the persons in her employment, at the current prices of such work, until the end of the year for which Samuel Pleasants was elected printer to the Commonwealth” (p. 151). ~~Several leaves have minor loss. In the 1814 Acts leaf 71/72 has loss at the leading edge, affecting on of the marginal notes. There is a small amount of loss to the top edge of 145/146 affecting a bit of text. There is minor loss to the last leaf of the Index to the 1816 Acts.~~In contemporary calf binding, with significant surface wear to the spine.