(Oxford: Printed at the Clarendon Press, 1771). 275 x 215 mm. (10 3/4 x 8 1/4"). 2 p.l., 353,  pp.,  leaf, lxxx pp.,  leaves. Third Edition (stated on title page, but with "Preface to Sixth Edition" beginning on A2).
Excellent retrospective sprinkled calf by Courtland Benson, raised bands, spine gilt in compartments with large central fleuron, red morocco label. With engraved full-page table of consanguinity, nine engraved seals, and two tailpieces. Four tables in the text. A couple of neat marginal annotations.
Leaves a bit yellowed with age, occasional minor smudges and stains to margins, a couple of quires toward the end with freckled foxing, last quire with light brown stains to tail edge, otherwise an excellent copy, clean and fresh internally, and the beautifully executed sympathetic binding as new.
This is a handsomely bound series of essays on legal subjects by the man who established English law as an academic subject. William Blackstone (1723-80) was a barrister, professor, and jurist whose "Commentaries" on English Common Law formed the basis for legal education in Britain and North America for more than a century. Included here is "The Great Charter and Charter of the Forest," an influential essay on the Magna Carta first published in 1759, and "An Essay on Collateral Consanguinity," written to deal with the many applicants to All Souls College at Oxford who were relying on their kinship to the school's Medieval founder to facilitate their admission. Other essays cover a concise analysis of English law, voting rights of tenants, and observations on the press at Oxford University. The collection appeared originally in 1762, under the title "Law Tracts in Two Volumes." The pleasing modern binding in convincing 18th century style is a fine piece of work. (ST14096)
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