Early Octavo Edition of Blackstone's Commentaries Blackstone, Sir William [1723-1780]. Commentaries on the Laws of England. In Four Books. Oxford: Printed at the Clarendon Press, printed for William Strahan, Thomas Cadell, and Daniel Prince, 1773. Four volumes. Volume II has copperplate "Table of Consanguinity" and fold-out "Table of Descents." Octavo (8" x 5"). Contemporary calf, blind rules to boards, blind fillets along joints, raised bands, lettering pieces and gilt volume numbers to spine, blind tooling to board edges. Light rubbing and some minor nicks and shallow scuffing to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, mild creasing to spines, wear to heads of spines, joints, and a few hinges, partially cracked, boards secure, corners bumped and somewhat worn. Moderate toning, some offsetting, soiling and staining to endleaves, light offsetting to title pages, light soiling to a few leaves in each volume, light foxing and edgewear to Table of Descents. A handsome set. $1,000. * Fifth edition, the first Oxford edition published in octavo format and the first edition with the "Table of Precedence" (Volume I, p. 405). The most influential publication in the history of modern Anglo-American law, the Commentaries on the Laws of England was based on a course of lectures delivered at Oxford University. Because it was not intending for aspiring practitioners, the Commentaries provided a general, easily comprehensible overview of the English legal system and its history. Though written for laymen, it soon became the standard introductory textbook for law students. Eller, The William Blackstone Collection at Yale University 7. Laeuchli, A Bibliographical Catalog of William Blackstone 10.
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