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Book Number 2986 
Author William Blackstone 
Title Commentaries on the Laws of England. 
Date c. 1765-1769 
Publisher Clarendon Press 
Place of Publication Oxford 
Edition First edition. 
Volume Information Four volumes. 
Cover Recent ½ calf with marbled boards, gilt ruling at joints. Spine in 6 gilt compartments of raised bands and gilt floral designs, red and green morocco labels on 2 and 4.  
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Size 4to (269x208mm) 
Condition Unintrusive library stamp on title pages, as well as on each volume’s 49th and 99th page; otherwise an excellent set, text is clean, bound in an attractive recent binding.  
Provenance  
Pagination Volume 1. P. (2) half-title, (1), title, (1), dedication, (1), preface i-iii, errata, contents (3), (1), 3-473, (3) ; Volume 2. P. (2), title, (1), contents (4), 1-520, appendix i-xix, (3) ; Volume 3. P. (2), title, (1), contents (5), (1), 1-455, (1), appendix i-xxvii, (3) ; Volume 4. P. (2), title, (1), contents (5), (1), 1-436, appendix i-vi, (1), index (37), (3). 
Reference PMM 354; Printing and the Mind of Man 212 ; Rothschild 407 
Translation Info  
Notes Unobtrusive library stamp on title pages, as well as on each volume’s 49th and 99th page; otherwise an excellent set, text is clean, bound in an attractive recent binding. This is the first edition of Blackstone\'s seminal legal work, long regarded as among the most important ever produced in the English language. For decades after its publication, th work was required study for all first year law students, and it is credited for rendering the common law comprehensible to the common person. \"A work of the highest importance for the historian and constitutional lawyer.\" (Walker). \"the most celebrated, widely circulated, and influential law book ever published in the English language\" (ODNB).  
Price (US$) 12500  
Short Description Book Europe England; Book Legal; Book History English; 
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