Copy of Boorstin's Study of Blackstone's Commentaries in a Rare Original Dust Jacket Boorstin, Daniel J. [1914-2004]. The Mysterious Science of the Law: An Essay on Blackstone's Commentaries Showing how Blackstone, Employing Eighteenth-Century Ideas of Science, Religion, History, Aesthetics, and Philosophy, Made of the Law at Once a Conservative and a Mysterious Science. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1941. xviii, 257 pp. Frontispiece. Nine black and white illustrations. Publisher cloth with printed paper spine label in a moderately worn dust jacket, light toning to text. $500. * First edition. The Mysterious Science of Law was based on Boorstin's Yale SJD thesis. (He also held an Oxford BCL and was admitted to the Inner Temple.). It was the first of many important books by Boorstin, who went on to became a prominent historian and, from 1975 to 1987, Librarian of Congress.
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