A Scarce Abridgment of Blackstone's Commentaries Blackstone, Sir William [1723-1780]. [Addams, Jesse (1786-1871)], Abridgment, Editor. Commentaries on the Laws of England: Principally in the Order, And Comprising the Whole Substance of the Commentaries of Sir William Blackstone. London: Printed by A. Strahan, Law-Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty, For J. Butterworth & Son, 43, Fleet-Street, And J. Cooke, Ormond Quay, Dublin, 1819. xii, 838, xviii pp. Copperplate Table of Consanguinity and folding Table of Descents. Octavo (8-1/4" x 5-1/4"). Recent period-style quarter calf over cloth, blind fillets and lettering piece to spine, endpapers renewed. Moderate toning to interior, light foxing and soiling to a few leaves, light foxing and some creasing to folding table, "by Dr. J. Addams" added to title page in neat early hand. $1,500. * Only edition. Addams was an advocate of Doctors' Commons and reporter for Ecclesiastical Reports from 1822 to 1826. "In his preface, dated '20th Nov. 1818,' Addams states that he has endeavored to reduce Blackstone's Commentaries 'into a better form...correct their errors...supply their defects...retrench their superfluities ...and...confer on them...order and coherence.'" (Laeuchli). OCLC locates 12 copies, 4 in North America (Creighton University Law School, University of Georgia Law School, Universite Laval Law School, Yale Law School). Not in Eller. Laeuchli, A Bibliographical Catalog of William Blackstone 58.
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