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    A Handsome Set of Blackstone's Commentaries

    William Blackstone. Commentaries on the Laws of England. Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1770.

    Fourth edition. Four quarto volumes. ii, 485; 520, xix appendix, two engraved plates, one folding; 455, xxvii appendix; 436, vii appendix, [39] index.

    Contemporary calf with light tooling along the perimeter of the front and rear boards and titles stamped in gilt on two morocco labels in compartments between five raised bands on the spine. Wear at the edges of the boards with additional light scuffing. Corners bumped, especially on volumes III and IV. Light foxing scattered throughout otherwise internally very clean and tight. Old ownership signature and 1778 date on the front free endpaper of volume I. A particularly handsome set in very good condition.

    Blackstone's commentaries provided a clear and relatively simply approach to the rather complex and disorderly legal thought of the previous two hundred years. His commentaries address the topics of individual rights, property rights and the nature of crimes and their punishment. Many of Blackstone's concepts and ideals were embraced by the American founding fathers and incorporated into the Constitution.

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