Commentaries on the Laws of England. William Blackstone.
Commentaries on the Laws of England

Commentaries on the Laws of England.

Oxford: at the Clarendon Press, printed for William Strahan, Thomas Cadell, and Daniel Prince, 1773.

Fifth edition and first Oxford octavo edition. 4 vols. 8vo. Contemporary calf, green and red spine leather spine labels. Covers rubbed, spine a bit dry, heads slightly chipped and joints split, but cords are holding; internally clean and attractive. Bookplate of Gervas Holmes Rothschild 407; Printing and the Mind of Man 212; Grolier English 52 (First edition). Item #246885

One of the cornerstones of our legal system, and still regarded as the best general history of English law. In these lectures which he gave as the first Vinerian Professor of Law at Oxford, Blackstone taught (as even his critic Bentham noted) “jurisprudence to speak the language of the scholar and gentleman.”.

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