First Edition of an Early Abridgment of Blackstone Blackstone, Sir William [1723-1780]. Curry, William, Editor. The Commentaries of Sir William Blackstone, Knt. on the Laws and Constitution of England; Carefully Abridged, In a New Manner, And Continued Down to the Present Time: With Notes, Corrective and Explanatory. London: Printed for W. Clarke and Son, 1796. viii, , 566,  pp. Octavo (8-1/4" x 5-1/4"). Contemporary three-quarter calf over marbled boards, gilt title and ornaments to spine, speckled edges. Moderate rubbing to boards, extremities and spine, front joint starting at foot, corners bumped and somewhat worn, hinges cracked. Moderate toning, light foxing in places, chips to fore-edges of leaves gg5-6 (pp. 457-460), early owner signature (Thomas Wright) to head of title page). $650. * First edition. This was the second abridgment of Blackstone's Commentaries. A well-conceived work, it combines extracts from Blackstone with notes by Curry, which draw heavily on Edward Christian's notes to the 12th edition of the Commentaries (1793-1795). Eller, The William Blackstone Collection in the Yale Law Library 49. Laeuchli, A Bibliographical Catalog of William Blackstone 66.
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