A Virginia Peer to Kent and Story Tucker, Henry St. George [1780-1848]. Commentaries on the Laws of Virginia, Comprising the Substance of a Course of Lectures Delivered to the Winchester Law School. Winchester: Printed at the Office of the Republican for the Author, 1836-1837. Two volumes. xx, 9, 165, 458, 35; xxviii, 506, 34, 17 pp. Tipped-in errata slips noted in Bryson, but not in Cohen or Laeuchli, not present. Octavo (8-1/4" x 5-1/4"). Recent period style quarter calf over marbled boards, gilt fillets and lettering pieces to spines, endpapers renewed. Moderate toning to text, early annotations in pencil in places, chip to lower corner of pp. 335-226 of Volume II just touching text, faint later library stamps to title pages, library markings to versos. A handsome copy. $750. * Second edition. Along with James Kent's Commentaries on American Law and Joseph Story's Commentaries on the Constitution, Tucker's two volume work established the standard for American treatise writing and helped to organize American law. The Commentaries served as the primary reference source for the bar of Virginia as well as for many in the rest of the country, and was considered the most valuable text for students and lawyers in much of the South until the Civil War. While modeled on Blackstone's Commentaries, Tucker's treatise is entirely original. In that way it is a much more impressive accomplishment than his father's edition of Blackstone. Tucker's Commentaries on the Laws of Virginia is based on his lectures at Winchester Law School, which he established in 1824. The first edition appeared in 1831, the third and final edition in 1846. It is possible that some copies of the second edition were not issued with errata sheets, presumably earlier copies. Bryson, Bibliography Of Virginia Legal History Before 1900 1167. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 5427. Laeuchli, A Bibliographical Catalog of William Blackstone 518.
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