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COMMENTARIES ON THE LAWS OF ENGLAND
Oxford: Printed at the Clarendon Press, 1765-69. ________ FIRST EDITIONS-all four volumes. ________ IMPORTANCE: From PRINTING AND THE MIND OF MAN 212: "Blackstone's great achievement was to popularize the law and the traditions which had influenced its formation... The 'Commentaries' were an immediate and lasting success... He did for the English what the imperial publication of Roman law did for the people of Rome." In their 1980 commemoration of the 200th anniversary of Blackstone's death, Meyer Boswell Books indicated the Commentaries were "the foremost work of English legal history, praised by Lord Mansfield, read three times by Gibbon..., lauded by Bentham for its literary qualities, and said, by Sir James Fitzjames Stephan, to have 'rescued the law of England from chaos.' " ________ BINDING: Uniformly bound in full contemporaneous dark-brown speckled calf (approx. 11" x 8 3/4"), professionally rebacked with original spines expertly remounted; front and back blank endpapers retained; spine with five raised bands, gilt-tooled and framed spine panels; original red & black title/vol. labels; all page edges subtle red. Armorial bookplates of Tho. de Grey, Esq. (most likely of the noted De Greys, of Merton, Norfolk County area). Small bookseller labels of John Howell/Importer/San Francisco on back pastedowns. Each volume house in red cloth slipcase. ________ PAGINATION: Vol.1 - [iv], iii, [iv-viii], [1]-473, [1, blank]; Vol.2 - [viii], [1]-520, xix (appendix), Table of Consanguinity (p. 202/203) and foldout Table of Descents (p. 240/241) both present; Vol.3 - [vii], [1, blank]; [1]-455, [1, blank], xxvii (appendix), [1, blank]; Vol.4 - [vii], [1, blank], [1]-436, vii (appendix), [1, blank], [39 (index)], [1, blank]. ________ CONDITION: Overall in very nice condition with the following noted. Some brown spotting at spots, light water staining to upper corner of last 20 or so pages of Vol. 2, in Vol. 4 evidence of worming in upper margin (mostly insignificant). ________ SUMMATION: "The Best History of English Law"--Julius Marke's Catalogue of Law Collection of NYU, p. 34, and "Blackstone's 'Commentaries' are the most correct and beautiful outline that ever was exhibited of any human science." --Sir William Jones ________ Rothschild 407; Printing and the Mind of Man 212; Holdsworth's Historians of English Law, 22; Grolier/English 52; Lowndes I, 212.
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