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Commentaries on the Laws of England: Book I: Of the Rights of People

Edited by: Wilfrid Prest

ISBN13: 9780199600991
Published: August 2016
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £20.99

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The only variorum edition of William Blackstone's seminal treatise on the common law of England and Wales, offering the definitive account of the Commentaries' development through nine editions.

For the first time it is possible to trace the evolution of English law and Blackstone's thought through the eight editions of Blackstone's lifetime, and the authorial corrections of the posthumous ninth edition. Introductions by the general editor, Wilfred Prest, and the individual volume editors set the Commentaries in their historical and political context, examining Blackstone's distinctive view of the common law.

Typeset in a modern format, retaining the pagination of the first edition and with editorial notes throughout, the four volumes assist the modern reader in understanding this key text in the Anglo-American common law tradition.

  • Includes an introduction to the Commentaries by the General Editor Wilfrid Prest
  • An editorial introduction by David Lemmings details the historical and political context of Blackstone's views on constitutional and public law
  • The definitive version of this classic text of Anglo-American law
  • Detailed varia trace the evolution of Blackstone's thought through the first nine editions
  • Descriptive notes assist the modern reader in understanding the text, and the pagination of the first edition has been retained for easy cross-referencing

Legal History
Wilfrid Prest: General Introduction
David Lemmings: Introduction to Book I
Editorial Conventions

Book the First: Of the Rights of Persons
I: Of the Absolute Rights of Individuals
II: Of the Parliament
III: Of the King, and his Title
IV: Of the King's Royal Family
V: Of the Councils Belonging to the King
VI: Of the King's Duties
VII: Of the King's Prerogative
VIII: Of the King's Revenue
IX: Of Subordinate Magistrates
X: Of the People, whether Aliens, Denizens, or Natives
XI: Of the Clergy
XII: Of the Civil State
XIII: Of the Military and Maritime States
XIV: Of Master and Servant
XV: Of Husband and Wife
XVI: Of Parent and Child

Series: The Oxford Edition of Blackstone

Commentaries on the Laws of England: Book II: Of the Rights of Things ISBN 9780199601004
Published August 2016
Oxford University Press
Commentaries on the Laws of England: Book IV: Of Public Wrongs ISBN 9780199601028
Published August 2016
Oxford University Press