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The John Robinson Block - MaxxSouth Broadband Collection is the finest collection of Mississippi Territorial laws and early laws of the State of Mississippi in the world. The collection contains 60 volumes that have been finely bound in quarter leather and marble boards using archival standards. These beautiful bindings resemble a style that would have been used during the period. Seven of the volumes of Mississippi Territorial laws, all published in Natchez before 1816, are the only known complete existing copies in the world. Also included in the collection is a near complete run of Mississippi State session laws running form statehood in 1817 thru the end of the Reconstruction era. Included in the collection are the rare Civil War imprints printed during the war. The Mississippi Territorial laws include examples of the printing work of most of the earliest printers in the Mississippi Territory and all are of great rarity. These printers include T. and S. Terrell, John Shaw, William O. Winston, Peter Isler and the earliest printer in the Territory, Andrew Marschalk.

John Robinson Block, publisher and editor-in-chief of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Toledo Blade, has been a journalist and newspaper editor since leaving Yale in 1977, serving in numerous reporting and editing jobs. He is also vice chairman of Block Communications, which has television stations and cable systems in five states. An independent, he has been involved in planning coverage and editorials in every presidential race since 1980. During his career he has lived and worked in Miami, New York, Washington, New Jersey, Monterey, London, Toledo, and Pittsburgh.

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