Handsome Edition of Blackstone's Commentaries with 13 Engraved Portraits Blackstone, Sir William [1723-1780]. Christian, Edward [d. 1823], Editor. Commentaries on the Laws of England, in Four Books. With the Last Corrections of the Author; and With Notes and Additions by Edward Christian. London: Printed by A. Strahan and W. Woodfall, 1793-1795. Four volumes. Copperplate portrait frontispieces of Blackstone (Volume I), Littleton (Volume II), Mansfield (Volume II) and Hale (Volume IV), nine other portrait copperplates of important English jurists interspersed throughout, copperplate "Table of Consanguinity" and folding "Table of Descents" (Volume I). Complete with all 13 engraved portraits. Octavo (8-1/4" x 5-1/4"). Contemporary three-quarter calf over marbled boards, rebacked in period style with read and black lettering pieces, and blind ornaments, hinges reinforced. Moderate rubbing and some scuffing to boards, moderate rubbing to board edges, corners bumped and somewhat worn, volumes lack front free endpapers. Negligible light toning to text, all plates have tissue guards, light wear to fore-edge Table of Descents, negligible faint dampstaining to lower corners of a few leaves, clipping from an 1894 issue of the Law Times tipped in to fore-edge of p. 313 of Volume II. A nice set with notably fresh interiors. $1,250. * Twelfth edition, and the first edition with Christian's notes. Blackstone's paging retained in margins. "This edition was originally published in numbers, each number containing the portrait of a judge. (...) The editor is designated on the title pages of this edition as 'Edward Christian, esq., barrister at law, and professor of the Laws of England in the University of Cambridge.' His notes are printed as footnotes, separated from those of Blackstone by a rule. A selection of Christian's notes is included in most American editions of the Commentaries" (Eller). The jurists depicted in the plates in the text are Somers, Fortescue, Coke, Holt, Gilbert, Comyns, Hardwick, Foster and Raymond. Eller, The William Blackstone Collection in the Yale Law Library 21. Laeuchli, A Bibliographical Catalogue of William Blackstone 26.
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