"The Complement of Sir W. Blackstone's Commentaries" Wooddeson, Richard [1745-1822]. Elements of Jurisprudence, Treated of in the Preliminary Part of a Course of Lectures on the Laws of England. Dublin: Printed by H. Fitzpatrick for J. Moore, 1792. [vi], 207 pp. Octavo (8" x 5"). Contemporary calf, lettering piece and blind fillets to spine, blind tooling to board edges. Light rubbing to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities with some wear to spine ends and corners, boards slightly bowed, joints starting at ends. Moderate toning, occasional light foxing, two small early owner stamps to front board, early owner signature (M. Barnum) to front pastedown and free endpaper, another early signature (John Caldwell) to head of title page. A nice copy. $850. * Dublin issue of the only edition, London 1783. Wooddeson was elected a Vinerian Scholar in 1766, became a Vinerian Fellow in 1776 and was Vinerian Professor from 1777 to 1793. He was steeped in Blackstone's work, and he strove to supplement it. "Dr. Wooddeson's Lectures form, in a measure, the complement of Sir W. Blackstone's Commentaries, for he supplies some deficiencies in the production of his predecessor, and treats more in detail, some topics, but slightly noticed by him. Though of acknowledged merit, as to learning, method of arrangement, and accuracy of rules, they do not seem to have attained so great a reputation as their real worth entitles them to. In point of style, and beauty of narration, they follow the Commentaries, haud non passibus auquis.": Marvin, Legal Bibliography 745 (citing the London 1783 edition). English Short-Title Catalogue N1371.
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