Holmes's Edition of Kent's Commentaries, Volume III Kent, James [1763-1847]. Holmes, Oliver Wendell, Jr. [1841-1935], Editor. Commentaries on American Law. Boston: Little, Brown, and Company/ London: Stevens and Hanes, 1873. Volume III only. Octavo (9" x 6"). Later buckram, black-stamped fillets and volume numbers and red and black lettering pieces to spine, endpapers renewed. Light rubbing and soiling to exterior, light toning to text, upper corners lacking from preliminaries and following 17 leaves with no loss to text, light soiling to title page, minor offsetting to its margins, lower corner lacking with no loss to text. Ex-library. Shelf label and location number to spine, penciled annotation to verso of title page. $100. * Twelfth edition. Modeled on Blackstone's Commentaries, Kent's treatise is perhaps the most important interpretation of American law. Published originally between 1826-1830, these volumes comprise America's first legal classic, one that continues to exercise great influence today. This edition, which includes Holmes's complete notes of subsequent cases, is considered by many to be the best. It is also significant as Holmes's first important publication. Catalogue of the Library of the Law School of Harvard University (1909) I:1088.
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