Final Edition of an Admired Forerunner to Blackstone's Commentaries [C] Wood, Thomas [1661-1722]. An Institute of the Laws of England: Or, The Laws of England in Their Natural Order, According to Common Use. Published for the Direction of Young Beginners, Or Students in the Law; And of Others that Desire To Have a General Knowledge in Our Common and Statute Laws. In Four Books. Revised, Corrected, And Enlarged by Considerable Additions from the New Reports and Manuscript Cases, As also From the Statutes, Which are Brought Down to the Present Time, And by Upwards of One Thousand Additional References: By a Serjeant at Law. London: printed by W. Strahan, and M. Woodfall, 1772. [ii], x, 657,  pp. Folio (14" x 9-1/2"). Contemporary calf, blind fillets to boards, raised bands and lettering piece to spine, joints and spine ends reinforced, blind tooling to board edges. Some shallow scuffing to boards, some rubbing and a few bumps to board edges, a few shallow cracks near foot of spine, corners bumped and somewhat worn, hinges starting, crack in text block between front free endpaper and title page, moderate toning to text, light foxing to a few leaves. $750. * Tenth and final edition. First published in 1720, Wood's Institute was the only comprehensive treatise on English law until Blackstone's Commentaries. According to Holdsworth, Wood "anticipates Blackstone, just as, in some respects, he anticipates him in the design and execution of his book. In fact, as Blackstone recognized, the book had considerable merits. 'Upon the whole,' he said, 'his work is undoubtedly a valuable performance; and great are the obligations of the student to him, and his predecessor Finch, for their happy progress in reducing the elements of law from their former chaos to a regular methodical science'": Holdsworth, A History of English Law XII:419. English Short-Title Catalogue T101118.
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