First American Edition of Christian's Notes on Blackstone Christian, Edward [d. 1823]. Notes to Blackstone's Commentaries, Which Are Calculated to Answer All the Editions. Volume V. Boston: Printed by I. Thomas and E.T. Andrews, 1801. [v], 6-123, -79, -32, -38 pp. 12mo. (6-3/4" x 4"). Contemporary sheep front board with blind rules, contemporary calf rear board with gilt rules, crudely (but neatly) rebacked in recent plain calf. Moderate rubbing and a few nicks and scratches to boards and extremities, corners worn, some chipping to edges of endleaves, which bear several early and later annotations. Moderate toning to interior, light foxing in a few places, early owner signatures of members of a Yates family to preliminaries, one dated 1802, another 1833. $1,500. * First American edition, published as volume 5 of the 1799 Boston edition of the Commentaries "so as to answer the quarto, the octavo, and duodecimo editions of Blackstone's Commentaries" (Preface). "These Notes were first published as a separate volume in Dublin, 1797. In this form they were pirated from the twelfth edition of the Commentaries, published in London, 1793-1795. The Notes were also printed in a pirated edition of the Commentaries, Dublin, 1796...This Boston edition of the Notes is reprinted from either the separate Dublin volume of Notes, 1797, or the Dublin edition of the Commentaries, 1796.": Laeuchli, A Bibliographical Catalog of William Blackstone 136.
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