Blackstone's Tracts Chiefly Related to the Antiquities and Laws of England. (Third Ed. 1771)

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Blackstone, William. Tracts Chiefly Related to the Antiquities and Laws of England. Third Ed. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1771.

Third Edition. Binding: Rebound Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good Condition. Item Type: Book.

Pagination: [2] (Title and Contents), [i]-vii, [8]-[354]; [1] (Title), [i]-lxxx; 10 leaves of indices; 1 leaf; plate : Table of Consanguinity (facing p. 139); ill. : seals for seven kings and three decorations. Size: 9" -11" - Small Quarto (Sm. 4to).

The most complete edition of Blackstone’s legal essays, several of which had been published separately previously. The essays are: the title work (“The Sixth Edition,” pp. [i]-138); “An Essay on Collateral Consanguinity, &c.” (pp. 139-198); “Consideration on the Question whether Tenants by Copy of Court Roll … are Freeholders …” (reprint of the 1758 First Edition, pp. [199]-240); “Observations on the Oxford Press” (revision of the original published in “a few printed copies,” pp. 241-[280]); “The Great Charter and Charter of the Forest …” (originally published in 1759, pp. [281]-[354]) and the texts of 14 charters (including Magna Carta) with King John, Henry III and Edward I (1 leaf for the title, pp. [i]-lxx); three indices (20 unnumbered pages). As indicated, the charters themselves have a separate (Roman) pagination sequence, although the introduction to them continues the main sequence.

WorldCat shows six holdings under two OCLC numbers: Huntington Library, National Library of Scotland, University of Otago Library (NZ) and Macquarie University (AU) (877367676); The British Library St. Pancras and Law Library, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (776465212). In addition, a separate copy of the section on "The Great Charter,” etc., is held by the Diamond Law Library, Columbia University Law School (264734906).

Rebound in red cloth with title in bright gilt on the spine, along with “Birmingham | Law Society | 1771” at the foot. Corners show some wear at the corners and the bottom corners are slightly turned. There is a 1” water spot on the front cover.

Text block is tight. Any original blank leaves at the beginning are missing, replaced by the new free end paper from the rebinding. The top 4" of the title page was torn along the gutter, but repaired with a small piece of clear tape on the recto and a larger piece of tape on the verso, probably when the book was rebound. Most of the text is free from foxing or spotting. There is a large tide mark affecting the first three leaves (title, contents, half-title). There is another tide mark at the end affecting the last 12 leaves (last page of "Great Charter," indices and blank leaf at end). There is some foxing on the three leaves of the preface and first page of the contents. The plates of the emblems of the kings in "Great Charter" have left a shadow on the facing pages.

There are a few marginal notes at least two early hands: note on reference (p. 159), Introduction to “Great Charter” (pp. 284-5), and translation of words from the Latin in the “Carta de Foresta” for Henry III (pp. lvii-lx). The page edges are slightly browned.

Ex Lib copy. There is a bookplate for the Society pasted on the inside front cover. In addition, the round society stamp appears on scattered pages throughout (typically title and contents pages and the first page of text of one of the separate works). 

Shipped Weight: 3 lbs 2 oz.

Inventory No: 1244.