Reports and Bills Relating to the Sale of Spiritous Liquors.

[Place of publication not identified]: 1839.

Stab-sewn booklet (25 x 15.5 cm.), 46 pages. Bastard title page. FIRST EDITION. A landmark legal action, containing the Report, Minority Report, and finally the Act to regulate the sale of alcohol in the state of Massachusetts This was the first attempt to regulate temperance by law, limiting the sale of alcohol in quantities smaller than fifteen gallons. The Act passed April 19th of 1838 in reaction to heavy pressure from temperance reformers and organized petitions, and went into effect July 1st 1839, but widely unpopular, the law was repealed in 1940 at the request of the Governor himself. (Mendelson. From Demon to Darling). Although it failed to stick, the Act did set the precedent for the prohibition of alcohol sales, and the state of Maine successfully took up the cause and passed their law in 1846. Partially unopened; wear to edges. First and last pages soiled and edgeworn. Good. [OCLC locates seven copies].

Price: $150.00