COMMENTARIES ON THE LAWS OF ENGLAND, by William Blackstone - 1791 [11t;h Ed., 4 vols]

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Commentaries on the Laws of England

In Four Books

by William Blackstone 

Eleventh edition, four volumes.  London:  T. Cadell, 1791  

Hardback set is overall in VERY GOOD condition.

  • Period calf covers have tooled borders and spine ornamentation, with black and red spine labels and gilt titles.    
  • Boards show wear and aging commensurate with the period.  Some bumps, warping, heavy edgewear.  Wear at shoulders.  See photos for details.  Corners are bowed, scuffed, with exposed board.
  • Spines have gilt text and are bright, with firm ends.  
  • Bindings are firm; somewhat stiff.   
  • Pastedowns and feps have some staining.   
  • Frontispiece, an engraved portrait of the author, faces title page in Vol. 1.  
  • Foldout chart at page 240 in Volume 2 is heavily creased.  See photos. 
  • Interior is gently age-toned, with marginal toning.  
  • Inside pages are largely free of writing and intentional marks.  See photos for annotation on Book 2 table of contents.
  • PS2022.1121

1903 pages. 5 x 8.25 inches

Eleventh edition of Blackstone's Commentaries, containing the "last corrections of the author," with additions by Richard Burn LL.D., and continuations to the time of printing by John Williams Esq. 

Perhaps the most important legal treatise ever written in the English language, Sir William Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England (1765-69) was the first effort to consolidate English common law into a unified and rational system.  The result was a succinct, readable, and above all handy epitome of the common law tradition. 


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