Commentaries on the Laws of England: A Facsimile of the First Edition of 1765-1769

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Sir William Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England (1765-1769) stands as the first great effort to reduce the English common law to a unified and rational system. Blackstone demonstrated that the English law as a system of justice was comparable to Roman law and the civil law of the Continent. Clearly and elegantly written, the work achieved immediate renown and exerted a powerful influence on legal education in England and in America which was to last into the late nineteenth century. The book is ...

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Overview

Sir William Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England (1765-1769) stands as the first great effort to reduce the English common law to a unified and rational system. Blackstone demonstrated that the English law as a system of justice was comparable to Roman law and the civil law of the Continent. Clearly and elegantly written, the work achieved immediate renown and exerted a powerful influence on legal education in England and in America which was to last into the late nineteenth century. The book is regarded not only as a legal classic but as a literary masterpiece.

Previously available only in an expensive hardcover set, Commentaries on the Laws of England is published here in four separate volumes, each one affordably priced in a paperback edition. These works are facsimiles of the eighteenth-century first edition and are undistorted by later interpolations. Each volume deals with a particular field of law and carries with it an introduction by a leading contemporary scholar.

In his introduction to this first volume, Of the Rights of Persons, Stanley N. Katz presents a brief history of Blackstone's academic and legal career and his purposes in writing the Commentaries. Katz discusses Blackstone's treatment of the structure of the English legal system, his attempts to justify it as the best form of government, and some of the problems he encountered in doing so.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226055381
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1991
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 473
  • Sales rank: 1,483,998
  • Product dimensions: 5.91 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Stanley N. Katz is professor of legal history at Princeton University. He has written widely on English and American legal history of the eighteenth century.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Section 1. On the Study of the Law Section 2. Of the Nature of Laws in general Section 3. Of the Laws of England Section 4. Of the Countries Subject to the Laws of England
Book I - Of the Rights of Persons
1. Of the absolute Rights of Individuals
2. Of the Parliament
3. Of the King, and his Title
4. Of the King's royal Family
5. Of the Councils belonging to the King
6. Of the King's Duties
7. Of the King's Prerogative
8. Of the King's Revenue
9. Of Subordinate Magistrates
10. Of the People, whether Aliens, Denizens, or Natives
11. Of the Clergy
12. Of the Civil Staff
13. Of the Military and Maritime States
14. Of Master and Servant
15. Of Husband and Wife
16. Of Parent and Child
17. Of Guardian and Ward
18. Of Corporations

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