Commentaries On The Laws Of England, In Four Books..
Bound in original half brown calf over marbled boards; spine in compartments with double bans with contrasting maroon morocco title label, gilt. Extremities worn and some hinges starting to crack. Occasional foxing, but otherwise a very good set. Early initials on front pastedowns.
Printed by A. Strahan and W. Woodfall for T. Cadell, in the Strand.,
By sir william blackstone, knt. one of the justices of his majesty's court of common pleas.
the twelfth edition, with the last corrections of the author; and with notes and additions by edward christian, esq. barrister at law, and professor of the laws of england in the university of cambridge.
book the first - book the fourth.
FOUR VOLUMES. 8vo. 5.5 x 8.5 inches. Vol. I, x + [vi] + 465 pp.; Vol. II, [viii] + 520 pp. + xix Appendix +  pp. publisher's advertisement.; Vol. III, [viii] + 455 pp. + xxxv Appendix +  pp. Errata.; Vol. IV, [viii] + 443 pp. + vii + [i] pp. Appendix +  +  pp. Indexes +  pp. Errata and Addenda +  pp. Directions for the Binder.
Illustrated by engraved folding genealogical table and adjacent table in text (Vol. II). This set lacks the portraits.
One of the most influential works on English common law ever published, the Commentaries were both readable and methodical. His 'great achievement was to popularize the law and the traditions which had influenced its formation. Blackstone's great work on the laws of England is the extreme example of justification of an existing state of affairs by virtue of its history' (PMM). It is divided into four parts, the rights of persons (from private individuals and families to the monarchy), the rights of things (property), of private wrongs (civil law and equity) and of public wrongs (criminal law). Sir William Blackstone (1783-1780) was a jurist judge and Tory MP. His great work was first published, 1765-69 and in numerous later editions. This set of the twelfth edition of 1793 lacks the portraits of eminent judges and jurists. (Printing and the Mind of Man 2120.
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