Copy of a Final Edition of an Important Collection of Blackstone Texts with Interesting Associations Blackstone, Sir William [1723-1780]. Tracts, Chiefly Relating to the Antiquities and Laws of England. Oxford: Printed at the Clarendon Press, 1771. [iv], 353, , lxxx,  pp. Six parts, each preceded by divisional title page. 8 copperplate facsimiles (of royal seals), copperplate Table of Consanguinity, 2 copperplate tail-pieces. Quarto (11-1/4" x 8-1/2"). Recent library buckram, red and black lettering pieces and paper shelf label to spine, endleaves added, blind-stamped library name and small security tag to front board. Light soiling, library stamps to endleaves, title page and verso of final leaf, front endleaf, with affixed early bookseller description, detached. Moderate toning and light foxing to text, signatures of Joseph Hopkinson and, struck-through, Richard Wharton to head of title page, another Richard Wharton signature (dated 1784) to head of page 13. $750. * "Third" and final edition. This is an important collection of six early works, all revised, most of which are quite rare in their original editions. The first edition was published in 1762 with the title Law Tracts. There is no evidence that a second edition was published, unless one counts the pirated Dublin reprint of the first edition, which was printed in 1767. The works are: An Analysis of the Laws of England (1756), An Essay on Collateral Consanguinity (1750, Blackstone's first legal publication), Considerations on the Question, Whether Tenants by Copy of Court Roll According to the Custom of the Manor, Though Not at the Will of the Lord, Are Freeholders Qualified to Vote in Elections for Knights of the Shire (1758), Observations on the Oxford Press (1757), and The Great Charter and Charter of the Forest (1759) and Magna Carta, Carta de Forest, Etc. (1759). The contents of the two editions differ. The first does not have Analysis of the Laws of England or Observations on the Oxford Press; the "third" does not have Treatise on the Law of Descents in Fee-Simple (1759). A member of one of Philadelphia's most distinguished families, Wharton was a leading member of the Philadelphia Bar, as were several of his descendants. A highly regarded judge and trial lawyer, Hopkinson [1770-1842], se.
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