The Outline of Blackstone's Commentaries Blackstone, Sir William [1723-1780]. An Analysis of the Laws of England. To Which Is Prefixed an Introductory Discourse on the Study of the Law. Oxford: Printed at the Clarendon Press, 1758. lxx, , 189,  pp. Copperplate Table of Descents. Folding Table of Consanguinity. Octavo (8" x 4-3/4"). Contemporary calf, blind rules to boards, blind fillets along joints, raised bands and lettering piece to spine, blind tooling to board edges. Light rubbing and a few minor scuffs to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, chip to foot of spine, boards beginning to separate from spine, but secured by cords, corners bumped and lightly worn, early armorial bookplate (of Thomas Grimston Estcourt) and later bookplate (of P.R. Glazebrook) to front pastedown. Light toning, somewhat heavier in places, a few worm holes at head of text block near gutter, recent brief annotations and marks in pencil in a few places, spot of early wax to foot of p. 109 below text with faint offsetting to adjacent leaf. $750. * Fourth edition. First published anonymously in 1756, the Analysis was originally the outline for Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England (1765-1769). Later editions, such as this one, provided a digest of the published work. This edition was the last issued by Blackstone. The preface and arrangement of the text follows the third edition. The first chapter, A Discourse on the Study of the Law, was Blackstone's introductory lecture as Vinerian professor of law at Oxford. This edition also contains an appendix of precedents, forms and an alphabetical index. Eller, The William Blackstone Collection in the Yale Law Library 220. Laeuchli, A Bibliographical Catalog of William Blackstone 523.
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