Well-Preserved Copy of Kent's Commentaries Kent, James [1763-1847]. [Kent, William (1802-1861), Editor]. [Eaton, Dorman Bridgeman, Editor]. Commentaries on American Law. New York: Published by William Kent, 1851. Four volumes. Star-paged to the second edition (1832). Octavo (9-1/2" x 5-3/4"). Contemporary sheep, blind rules to boards, raised bands and red and black lettering pieces to spines, blind tooling to board edges. Light spotting in places and a few minor scuffs, light rubbing to extremities, a few hinges starting, early owner signature (A.H. Ware) to front free endpaper of each volume. Very light toning to text, offsetting to margins of pastedowns and free endpapers. A well-preserved set. $1,500. * Seventh edition. Kent's Commentaries is probably the single most important interpretation of American law. Writing in 1847, Marvin ranked it above Blackstone and observed that it contains "not only a clear statement of the English law, with all the alterations that have taken place since the time of Blackstone, but a full account of the main principles of Equity, also, a review of the modifications engrafted on the English law by the different states of the Union." Marvin's latter observation points to the significance of this landmark work. Published at a time when there was significant opposition to English law, Kent's Commentaries established it in a manner that appealed to the majority of influential American jurists and legislators. Marvin, Legal Bibliography 438. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 5404.
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