Commentaries on the Laws of England.

Oxford: Printed at the Clarendon Press, 1765-1766-1768-1769.

Price: $15,000.00

About the item

First edition. Without the 8-page supplement of addenda and corrigenda, often lacking. With the Table of Consanguinity and the Table of Descents in volume 2, without the ‘Supplement to the First Edition,’ which is sometimes bound in. 4 vols. 4to. Bound in contemporary calf, all volumes rebacked retaining original morocco lettering pieces, varying foxing, most noticeably at beginning and end of each volume. Early 19th-century armorial bookplates of John Rogers. Rothschild 407; Printing and the Mind of Man 212; Grolier English 52; Eller 1.

Item #257187

Attractive set of this classic, one of the cornerstones of the Anglo-American 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.”.