Commentaries on the laws of England

Commentaries on the laws of England

Commentaries on the laws of England

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Edition Details

  • Creators or Attribution (Responsibility): Edward Christian, Joseph Chitty, John Eykyn Hovenden, William Blackstone
  • Biografical Information: 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.
  • Language: English
  • Jurisdiction(s): Illinois
  • Publication Information: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©1979
  • Material: Internet resource
  • Type: Book, Internet Resource
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Additional Format

Online version: Blackstone, William, Sir, 1723-1780. Commentaries on the laws of England. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, ©1979 (OCoLC)756442562

Short Description

4 volumes ; 23 cm

Purpose and Intended Audience

Useful for students learning an area of law, Commentaries on the laws of England is also useful for lawyers seeking to apply the law to issues arising in practice.

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Bibliographic information

  • Responsable Person: William Blackstone.
  • Publication Date: 1979
  • Copyright Date: 1979
  • Location: Chicago, Ill.
  • Country/State: Illinois
  • Number of Editions: 441 editions
  • First edition Date: 1700
  • Last edition Date: 2013
  • General Notes: “A facsimile of the first edition of 1765-1769.”
  • Languages: British English, Italian
  • Library of Congress Code: KD660
  • Dewey Code: 349.42
  • ISBN: 0226055361 9780226055367 0226055388 9780226055381 0226055477 9780226055473 0226055485 9780226055480 0226055493 9780226055497 0226055507 9780226055503 0226055515 9780226055510 0226055434 9780226055435 0226055450 9780226055459
  • OCLC: 4832359

Publisher Description:

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.

Main Contents

v. 1. Of the rights of persons.
V. 2. Of the rights of things.
V. 3. Of private wrongs.
V. 4. Of public wrongs.

Summary Note

Blackstone’s commentaries stands as the first effort to consolidate English common law into a unified and rational system. The work acheived international renown and exerted a powerful influence on legal education both in England and America.

Table of Contents

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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