Volumes I-III of Kent's Commentaries, First Edition Kent, James [1763-1847]. Commentaries on American Law. New York: O. Halsted, 1826-1828. Volumes I-III of a four-volume set. Octavo (8-3/4" x 5-1/2"). Contemporary calf, blind fillets to boards, lettering pieces and blind fillets to spines. Light rubbing and scuffing to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, light gatoring to spines, some wear to spine ends, boards beginning to separate, corners bumped and somewhat worn, a few endleaves loose. Some toning and light foxing to text, faint dampstaining to a few leaves in each volume, early owner signature (Charles S. Hempstead) to front free endpapers, small early owner stamp (of Hempstead) to title pages and a few other leaves in each volume. $2,500. * First edition. Probably the single most important interpretation of American law. Marvin ranks it above Blackstone's Commentaries, writing that "England has only furnished one Blackstone, and the American rival equals him in classic purity and elegance of style, and surpasses him in extent and copiousness of learning.": Marvin, Legal Bibliography 438. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 5398.
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