Handsome Reprint of First English Edition Blackstone, Sir William [1723-1780]. Commentaries on the Laws of England. Oxford: Printed at the Clarendon Press, 1765-1796. Reprint. Birmingham: Legal Classics Library, 1983. 4 volumes, complete set. Calf with decorative gilt stamping, raised bands, lettering pieces, gilt edges, marbled endpapers, ribbon marker. Small previous owner's stamp at foot inside flyleafs, else fine. $150. * Reprint of first edition. "The Commentaries are not only a statement of the law of Blackstone's day, but the best history of English law as a whole which had yet appeared...The skillful manner in which Blackstone uses his authorities new and old, and the analogy of other systems of law, to illustrate the evolution of the law of his day, had a vast influence, both in England and America, in implanting in the profession a sound tradition of the historical development of the law.": Holdsworth, Historians of English Law 22.
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