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Commentaries on the Laws of England, First American Edition, 4 Vols...
1771. Subscriber's Copy of the First American Edition of Blackstone's Commentaries Blackstone, Sir William [1723-1780]. Commentaries on the Laws of England. In Four Books. Re-Printed From the British Copy, Page for Page with the Last Edition. America [Philadelphia]: Robert Bell, 1771-1772. Four volumes. [viii], ii, [vi], 485; [viii], 520, xix; [viii], 455, [1], xxvii; [xxii]; [viii], 436, vii, [1], [39] pp. Copperplate Table Of Consanguinity and copperplate folding Table of Descents in Volume II. 22-page subscriber list in Volume IV. Publisher advertisement in Volume I, two leaves before title page, and Volume III, p. 456. Our copy does not have the tipped-in publisher advertisements, present in front endleaves of some copies of Volumes III and IV. Complete set. Octavo (8-3/4" x 5-1/2"). Contemporary calf, Volume I and II, and sheep with later calf rebacking, matching first two volumes, Volumes III and IV, raised bands and later uniform gilt volume numbers and calf lettering pieces to spines, repairs to spine ends of Volumes I-III and front joints of Volumes III and IV. Moderate rubbing to extremities with some wear, corners bumped, front joint of Volume III cracked, hinges starting, most of front pastedown removed from Volume I, early armorial bookplates of subscriber William Nicoll to pastedowns of other volumes. Moderate toning, somewhat heavier in places, occasional faint dampspotting, some places have foxing, a few leaves have light stains, moderate edgewear to endleaves, a few have chips, front free endpaper of Volume II partially detached. Owner signatures of Benjamin Nicoll to front free endpapers, later signatures in pencil of S.B. Nicoll, F. Nicoll, dated 1820, and William Nicoll to front free endpaper of Volume I. Books housed in attractive cloth slipcases. A set with an appealing association. * First American edition. Blackstone's Commentaries, a synoptic review of the English legal system, is the most influential publication in the history of modern Anglo-American law. It was especially popular in America, where it was the standard introductory legal textbook into the late nineteenth century and was the primary, or only, book studied by hundreds of self-taught lawyers, such as Abraham Lincoln. The first multi-volume book printed in America, Bell's edit
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