Chitty's Blackstone, The Only Edition with a Frontispiece Based on the Portrait Attributed to Reynolds Blackstone, Sir William [1723-1780]. Chitty Joseph [1796-1838], Editor, Notes. Commentaries on the Laws of England: By the Late Sir W. Blackstone. A New Edition, With Practical Notes, By Joseph Chitty. London: Printed for William Walker [et al.], 1826. Four volumes. Title page of Volume I preceded by engraved portrait frontispiece. Table of Descents and folding Table of Consanguinity in Volume II. Four leaves from the table of Contents of Volume III misbound into the table of contents of Volume II. Table of Descents misbound after p. 236 instead of p. 203. Octavo (9-1/4" x 5-3/4"). Recent period-style quarter morocco over cloth, gilt-decorated raised bands, blind ornaments and lettering pieces to spines, speckled edges, endpapers renewed. Negligible light shelfwear. Light toning to text, slightly heavier in a few places, contemporary penciled notes to a few passages in each volume, minor stains to a few leaves, light offsetting from portrait and tables. A handsome set. $950. * This is the only edition by Chitty and the only edition that does not have a frontispiece based on Thomas Gainsborough's portrait of Blackstone. Instead, it has one based on a portrait attributed to Sir Joshua Reynolds. Chitty was one of the greatest barristers, teachers and legal authors of the nineteenth centuries. His treatises on contracts and criminal law were standard works in Great Britain and the United States. Selections from his Blackstone notes were included in several American editions of the Commentaries. Laeuchli, A Bibliographical Catalog of William Blackstone 42.
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