A Well-Preserved Copy of Kent's Commentaries Kent, James [1763-1847]. Comstock, George [1811-1892], Editor. Commentaries on American Law. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1867. Four volumes. 8 pp. publisher catalogue bound before title page of Volume I. Octavo (9-1/2" x 5-3/4"). Contemporary sheep, blind rules to boards, raised bands, red and black lettering pieces, faint label residue and early owner signature (of C.P. Jones) to spines, blind tooling to board edges. Some minor scratches and spots to boards, light rubbing to extremities, front hinge of Volume II starting. Light toning to interiors, light foxing and faint dampstaining in a few places, offsetting to margins of endleaves, early owner signature (of C.P. Jones) in pencil to front free endpapers of Volumes II and III. A well-preserved set. $1,250. * Eleventh 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. Catalogue of the Library of the Harvard Law School (1909) I:1088.
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