Folio, pp. 11, , with a drop-head title and an integral docket-title on the final page (slightly dusty); woodcut head- and tail-pieces and initial; a very good copy, disbound.
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An Act for the better regulating the Nightly-Watch, and Beadles within the City of London, and Liberties thereof; and for making more effectual the Laws now in being, for paving and cleansing the Streets and Sewers, in and about the said City.
Rare first edition of an act providing for the ‘raising and levying of Monies’ for the employment of night-watchmen in the City of London. ‘The said Constables, shall … use their best Endeavours, to prevent Fires, Murders, Burglaries, Robberies, and other Outrages, and Disorders …’. The act also provides for the punishment of watchmen for non-attendence and of rate-payers for non-payment of the levy, and for the ‘pitching and paving’ of streets in front of unoccupied or untenanted properties.
ESTC shows one copy only, at the British Library; OCLC adds holdings at the National Library of Medicine and the University of North Carolina.
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