Commentaries on the Laws of England (Four Volumes, Complete)

By: Blackstone, William

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Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1766-1769. Four volumes uniformly bound in half calf over marbled boards, spines in six compartments separated by gilt borders, gilt titles and decoration on red and black labels in two compartments, volume numbers, gilt, in gilt borders in one compartment. Marbled endpapers. (iv), iv, 485, (i); (viii), 520, xix; viii, 455, xxvii; viii, 436, vii, (40) pp. Illustrated with two copperplate tables, Table of Consanguinity and fold-out Table of Descents in Volume Two. "Blackstone's great work on the laws of England is the extreme example of justification of an existing state of affairs by virtue of its history. Until the Commentaries, the ordinary Englishman had viewed the law as a vast, unintelligible and unfriendly machine. Blackstone's great achievement was to popularize the law and the traditions which had influenced its formation. He takes a delight in describing and defending as the essence of the constitution the often anomalous complexities which had grown into the laws of England over the centuries. But he achieves the astonishing feat of communicating this delight, and this is due to a style which is itself always lucid and graceful.". MIXED FIRST AND SECOND EDITIONS IN MATCHING BINDINGS. Volumes One and Two are Second Editions, Volumes Three and Four are First Editions. All volumes are in excellent condition. The front hinges are starting in volumes one and two. A former owner's name (John Black) is neatly written on each title page. The boards are all very lightly bumped. The hinges in volumes one and two have been professionally reinforced. Very light, mild foxing throughout. Both Tables are in excellent condition. VERY GOOD.. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall

Title: Commentaries on the Laws of England (Four Volumes, Complete)

Author Name: Blackstone, William

Categories: Rare, Antiquarian, and Collectible Books, Business, Law & Government, History, Fine Bindings,

Edition: First Printing

Publisher: Oxford, The Clarendon Press: 1766-1769

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Very Good with no dust jacket

Seller ID: 5489

Keywords: Antiquarian; Collectible; Law; History; First Editions; Blackstone's Commentaries; Fine Binding;