Volume V of an Extremely Rare American Blackstone Edition Blackstone, Sir William [1723-1780]. Tucker, St. George [1752-1827]. Blackstone's Commentaries: With Notes of Reference to the Constitution and Laws, of the Federal Government of the United States, and of the Commonwealth of Virginia. In Five Volumes, with an Appendix to Each volume, Containing Short Tracts upon Such Subjects As Appeared Necessary to Form a Connected View of the Laws of Virginia As a Member of the Federal Union. Philadelphia: William Young Birch and Abraham Small, 1803. Volume V of a five-volume set. Octavo (8" x 5"). Contemporary sheep, blind fillets to boards, lettering piece, blind fillets to spine, lower lettering piece detached but intact. Light rubbing and some shallow scuffing to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, a few small chips to board edges and head of spine, front board and endleaves partially detached. Moderate toning, light foxing in places, small early owner stamps (county court library) to front pastedown and free endpaper. $500. * First edition. Tucker's Blackstone is a key resource for understanding how Americans viewed English common law in the years following the adoption of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Based on his lectures at the College of William and Mary, Tucker adapts Blackstone's often anti-democratic viewpoint to American practice. "Tucker's Blackstone became a standard reference work for many American lawyers unable to consult a law library, especially those on the frontier. It is impossible to measure its impact on American law, but it is clear that sales were strongest in Virginia, as could be expected; it was also widely used in Pennsylvania and South Carolina" (Bryson). More recently, Tucker's Blackstone has been cited in numerous constitutional cases by the U.S. Supreme Court relating to "original intent." Bryson, The Virginia Law Reporter Before 1800 102. Laeuchli, A Bibliographical Catalog of William Blackstone 137.
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