San Francisco; 1884-1911. Bancroft. Octavo. Item #027451
13 volumes with the very rare volume I which covers 1866-1884. It also lists the first 15 judges on the Supreme Court of the Territory of Arizona including the 7 U.S. Marshals and the List of Attorneys who practiced in the Supreme Court of Arizona though 1883. It begins with the case held in January 1866 of J.H. Davis v. John Simmons. The second case is the U.S. v. Certain Property and William Richards [Bichard] on Indian Tribes, trade and relations with the Indian tribes, particularly the Pima and Maricopa. It notes the appeals were necessarily based on the earlier laws for the Territories of New Mexico and Utah. It goes back to Chief Justice Marshall in the case of the Cherokee Nation v. the State of Georgia, which is one of the most important early cases. Other important cases involve Milton B. Duffield (1872). It also includes the interesting case of Maria Lopez de Lopes vs. the Central Arizona Mining Company (1883), on the unsafe conditions leading to the death of Florence Lopez. There are some additional cases included just before the first volume went to press. Each of the volumes are identified as from the library of Arthur H. DeRiemer who was a Nogales attorney. Many articles in the Nogales Herald newspaper deal with his cases. He became the Santa Cruz County Attorney who dealt with the case of the murder of the Postmaster (Frank J. Pearson] and his wife. Volume 2 which was not published until 1904 by Bancroft-Whitney has an introduction by E.W. Lewis which talks about original papers missing and how some that appeared in the Pacific Reporter can no longer be found (compare with what J.A. Munk noted on his original collection to the Phoenix Public Library which caused him to make his vast later collection to the Southwest Museum in Los Angeles). In this second volume many mining cases as well as those relating to the Salt River Canal, the Arizona and New Mexico Railroad Company, and many others. What reminds the historian in these volumes is how fundamental a thorough knowledge of law and its U.S. precedents is that transcends what appeared only in the popular literature or the newspapers. Other volumes in the statehood period will be offered in future catalogs. All bound in full calf, red and black spine labels gilt, lower labels chipped or missing, some wear to spines. A very good set with previous owner’s name.