The First American Edition of Blackstone's Commentaries Blackstone, Sir William. Commentaries on the Laws of England: In Four Books. Originally published: Philadelphia: Robert Bell, 1771, 1772, 1773. 5 Vols. viii, 485; x, 520, xix; ix, 456, xxviii; xxx, 436, [xlvii]; , xii, 155 pp. Reprinted 2009, 2019 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. ISBN-13: 9781584779063; ISBN-10: 1584779063. 5 Volumes including appendix volume, 2,348 pp. Hardcover. New. $495. * Reprint of first American edition. This is both a highly significant edition for American lawyers and a landmark in the history of American publishing. Volume I contains advertisements and a prospectus for this edition (addressed "To the American World"); Volume IV has a twenty-two-page subscriber list that includes John Adams, John Jay and many other leaders of colonial America (including Caribbean colonies). Volume V is unique to the Bell edition. Entitled An Interesting Appendix to Sir William Blackstone's Commentaries, it is adapted from two volumes of Blackstone criticism published in London in 1770 and 1771. It was originally published in 1772. Our edition offers the 1773 reissue of that work, which is identical to the 1772 edition. Our reprint edition not in Laeuchli, A Bibliographical Catalogue of William Blackstone.
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