The Commentaries of the Laws of England by Sir W. Blackstone, in Four Volumes, 1826, London
This is the complete set in four volumes of William Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England. This set was published in 1826, in London. The Commentaries also include "practical notes" by Joseph Chitty, Esq. Barrister at Law.
The Commentaries are bound in 3/4 brown leather with light and dark blue marbleized boards. There are six compartments on the spines with gold gilt letters and designs elements. There are five raised bands. There is some fading of the color of the leather on the spines causes by usage. There is a little wear on the tops of the boards, but not really that bad at all. The books measure 6 1/4 inches by 9 3/4 inches. The pages are complete in each volume, and free of tears. There are a few comments made in the margins in pencil, but not an issue.
It is a striking set of books.
This is an amazing intellectual work by Blackstone considered to be the leading work on the development of English law, and these books also played a significant role in the development of the American legal system. Keep in mind that the Commentaries were published in 1765-69, just before the American Revolution.
The Commentaries are organized (each volume is devoted to one of the following themes).
Volume I: The Rights of Persons Volume II: The Rights of Things Volume III: Of Private Wrongs Volume IV: Of Public Wrongs
The Commentaries represent a series of Lectures given by Blackstone at the University of Oxford beginning in 1753. Blackstone's contribution was not only to explain the nature of British law, but to make it understandable and readable by non-lawyers.