A Bold Blackstone Signature [Manuscript]. Blackstone, Sir William [1723-1780]. [Walker, Thomas (1724-1804)]. [Franked Docketed Address Leaf Addressed to Walker, Signed, In Blackstone's Hand, Oxford, October 14, (1766?)]. 9" x 7" leaf from a bifolium letter, Moderate toning, moderate soiling, vertical and horizontal fold lines, chips along fold lines, minor loss from seal tears, verso silked, "1766" in faint pencil to lower-right corner. [With] [Gainsborough, Thomas (1727-1788), After]. [Hall, J., Engraver]. [Portrait of Blackstone]. [Oxford, 1775]. 7-1/4" x 4-3/4" copperplate leaf mounted on 11-1/4" x 8-1/2" sheet. Light toning and a few faint fox-spots to image, moderate toning to sheet, a few minor tears to its edges. Together two items. $2,500. * Addressed to Walker, "Begbrook near Woodstock Oxon," and signed, in a bold hand, "Free/ W. Blackstone." Walker, a prominent Oxfordshire attorney and town clerk of Oxford, was a professional associate and friend. The portrait is a frontispiece from a copy of the seventh edition of the Commentaries. Prest, William Blackstone 138, 278. Laeuchli, A Bibliographical Catalog of William Blackstone 15.
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