On Religious Liberty, the Separation of Church and State and Free Speech: Bell's Interesting Appendix to Blackstone Priestley, Joseph [1733-1804]. Blackstone, Sir William [1723-1780]. Furneaux, Philip [1726-1783]. Foster, Sir Michael [1689-1763]. [Murray, William, Earl of Mansfield (1705-1793)]. An Interesting Appendix to Sir William Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England. Containing, I. Priestley's Remarks on Some Paragraphs in the Fourth Volume of Blackstone's Commentaries, Relating to the Dissenters. II. Blackstone's Reply to Priestley's Remarks. III. Priestley's Answer to Blackstone's Reply. IV. The Case of the Late Election of the County of Middlesex Considered on the Principles of the Constitution and the Authorities of Law. V. Furneaux's Letters to the Hon. Mr. Justice Blackstone Concerning His Exposition of the Act of Toleration, And Some Positions Relative to Religious Liberty, In his Celebrated Commentaries on the Laws of England. VI. Authentic Copies of the Argument of the Late Hon. Mr. Justice Foster in the Court of Judges Delegates, And of the Speech of the Right Hon. Lord Mansfield in the House of Lords, In the Cause Between the City of London and the Dissenters. [Philadelphia]: Printed for the Subscribers, By Robert Bell, 1772 [-1773]. [iv], iv, -119, , xii, 155,  pp. Each section preceded by divisional title page, first section also preceded by general title page, title page of Letters to the Honourable Mr. Justice Blackstone dated 1773. Includes one-page publisher advertisement for Bell's 1773 printing of Ferguson's Essay on the History of Civil Society and a subscription for a second American edition of Blackstone's Commentaries. Octavo (9" x 5-1/2"). Twentieth-century sprinkled calf, gilt rules with corner ornaments to boards, gilt spine with raised bands and lettering piece, gilt tooling to board edges, top-edge of text block gilt, gilt inside dentelles, marbled endpapers, hinges reinforced. Some rubbing to extremities, joints cracked. Moderate toning to interior, light foxing and dampspotting in a few places, annotation to front endleaf stating this book was purchased from Kenneth Nebenzahl. $1,500. * This influential commentary was issued as an appendix volume to Bell's edition of Blackstone's Commentaries (1771-1772). Reissued in 17.
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