Inscribed by Kent Kent, James [1763-1847]. Commentaries on American Law. New York: O. Halsted, 1832. Volume I of a four-volume set. xvi, 559 pp. Octavo (8-3/4" x 5-1/2"). Contemporary calf, blind fillets to boards, lettering piece and blind fillets to spines, lower lettering piece lacking. Moderate rubbing and a few light scuffs to boards, heavier rubbing to extremities with some wear to spine ends and corners, vertical crease through center of spine, hinges cracked, final three leaves of index and rear free endpaper detached and somewhat edgeworn, a few cracks to text block, chips to fore-edges of a few leaves. Presentation inscription from James Kent to head of title page, early owner signatures to front pastedown and free endpaper. Moderate toning to text, light foxing in places, notes in early hand to a few leaves, owner inscription dated 1951 to heads of pp. 208-209. $1,000. * Second edition. The inscripton reads: "George F. Allen Esq from his friend James Kent." Kent was America's first great jurist and legal scholar, a reputation established by his Commentaries on American Law. Marvin expressed a widespread belief among American lawyers when he ranked it above Blackstone's Commentaries: "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." This book is from the library of William Dillard, a learned judge from Amherst, Virginia. Marvin, Legal Bibliography 438. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 5399.
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