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Commentaries on the Laws of England, Philadelphia, 1771, Volume 1 only
1771. America [Philadelphia] Robert Bell, 1771.. America [Philadelphia] Robert Bell, 1771. Volume I of the First American Edition of Blackstone's Commentaries Blackstone, 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. Volume I [ONLY]. [iv], [iv], ii, [ii], [iv], 485 pp. Title page preceded by 4-page publisher advertisement. Octavo (9" x 5-3/4"). Contemporary sheep, blind fillets to boards, raised bands to spine, lettering piece lacking. Moderate rubbing and a few shallow scuffs to boards, heavier rubbing to extremities with wear to spine ends and corners, spine abraded, front joint starting at ends, hinges cracked, free endpapers lacking, later library bookplate to front pastedown. Moderate toning to text, occasional light foxing, faint dampstaining to margins in places, some leaves have minor inkstains or smudges, mild edgewear to preliminaries. Early owner signature and later owner stamp to head of first advertisement leaf, two other early owner signatures, one struck-through, to title page. $2,000. * First American edition, reprinted verbatim from the fourth Oxford edition (1770). This was a significant publication for early American lawyers and statesman, such as John Adams, one of the subscribers to this edition, and a landmark in the history of American publishing. Volume I contains four pages of advertisements, including Bell's prospectus for this edition (addressed "To the American World"). Eller notes that the "preface is dated 2 Nov. 1765. Like the preface in the fourth Oxford edition, it contains only the first three paragraphs of Blackstone's original preface to the first Oxford edition." Eller, The William Blackstone Collection in the Yale Law Library 80. Laeuchli, A Bibliographical Catalogue of William Blackstone 131.
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