Tucker's Notes on Blackstone's Commentaries with Extensive Marginalia by One of Tucker's Students [Tucker, Henry St. George (1780-1848)]. Notes on Blackstone's Commentaries for the Use of Students. Winchester [Virginia]: Printed by Samuel H. Davis, 1826. iv, -14, 2, 426 (i.e. 571) pp. Irregular pagination. Complete copy. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"). Recent period-style calf, blind fillets and lettering piece to spine, endpapers renewed. Moderate toning, occasional light foxing, minor edgewear to some leaves. Brief annotations and underlining to most leaves, extensive notes to a few leaves, one bound-in leaf annotated on recto and verso, owner signature of William A. Field in same hand to head of title page, along with another signature and a brief annotation in a third hand identifying Tucker as the author. A unique copy of an uncommon title. $4,500. * Sole edition. Designated an "unfinished work" in the preface, this book is a series of notes on books I-III of Blackstone's Commentaries that "comprised a considerable portion of a course of lectures delivered by the author to a class of law students" (iii) at his Winchester Law School. As Klafter notes, William Field was a student at that school in 1827 to 1828. Most of the annotations are case references and corrections that appear to be based on comments heard in the classroom. The longer annotations explain specific points. The longest of these, on the bound-in leaf, discuss estates. The pagination of Notes is irregular and follows that of his father's edition of Blackstone (Philadelphia, 1803). It is cited erroneously in some records as a two-volume work. This assumption is based on a copy bound as two books recorded in Shaw and Shoemaker (entry 26252). Though some copies were re-bound as two books, often with interleaves, the book was actually issued as a single volume. Klafter, Reason Over Precedents: Origins of American Legal Thought 172. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 5367. Laeuchli, A Bibliographical Catalog of William Blackstone 406.
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