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Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England: Four books in 2 volumes Hardcover – December 30, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-1584773610 ISBN-10: 1584773618 Edition: Reprint of 3rd Revised

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  • Hardcover: 773 pages
  • Publisher: The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.; Reprint of 3rd Revised edition (December 30, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584773618
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584773610
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 6.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #689,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Perhaps the most important legal treatise ever written in the English language, Sir William Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England (1765-69) was the first effort to consolidate English common law into a unified and rational system. Clearly and elegantly written, the work achieved immediate renown and exerted a powerful influence on legal education both in England and America. This handsomely produced, slipcased four-volume set includes facsimiles of the eighteenth-century first edition, undistorted by later interpolations.

The Commentaries is divided into four books. The first, introduced by Stanley N. Katz, deals with what Blackstone called "the rights of persons," what a modern lawyer would call constitutional law, the legal structure of government. Book II includes an introduction by A. W. Brian Simpson and describes the law of property. Book III, introduced by John H. Langbein, analyzes civil procedure and remedies. The last book, which is devoted to criminal law and procedure, includes an introduction by Thomas A. Green.

Now regarded as a literary, as well as a legal classic, Blackstone's Commentaries brilliantly laid out the system of English law in the mid-eighteenth century, demonstrating that as a system of justice, it was comparable to Roman law and the civil law of the Continent. Ironically, the work also revealed to the colonists the insufficiencies of the system and became a model for the legal system of the fledgling American nation in 1789. Supplemented with commentary by experts in the field, these classic facsimile volumes belong on every lawyer's bookshelves.

Volume I: Of the Rights of Persons (1765)
Volume II: Of the Rights of Things (1766)
Volume III: Of Private Wrongs (1768)
Volume IV: Of Public Wrongs (1769)
--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Brian Litzinger on March 2, 2012
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It really is quite amazing what you can learn from a book. I am well read but Blackstone, the long form unabridged version was very informative.
I should warn you that it is written in older English using f's in place of s's. For example, congreff. So if you do not like the idea of learning a mildly different form of English you may become frustrated reading this work. It also has quite a bit of Latin in it, about half of which is also expressed in English.
There are also intro's not written by Blackstone, written by jealous angry modern authors who wish their works could get published. Skip those.
The book explains a great deal about the common law upon which the US was initially built and which is still pretty much the law of the land. It also delves a little bit into the area of law which legal positivism has taken over.
Here is a little gem I loved (paraphrased):
The great advantage of the law being expressed in Latin was that Latin was a dead language and did not suffer from the ever changing meanings of modern English terms. Nonetheless, in XXXX the law was re-written in English to make it easier for the common people to understand, and yet within a few years the law had become more incomprehensible to the commoner than it had been when in Latin.
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2 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Gypsy on October 3, 2011
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Books are great, double ordered by mistake, was told I could resell them but no return. Not happy. Books are fine policy needs revamping.
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