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Commentaries on the Laws of England: Book II: Of the Rights of Things

Edited by: Wilfrid Prest

ISBN13: 9780199601004
Published: August 2016
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
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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 Simon Stern details the historical and political context of Blackstone's views on the laws of property
  • 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
Simon Stern: Introduction to Book II
Wilfrid Prest: Editorial Conventions

Book the Second: Of the Rights of Things
I: Of Property, in General
II: Of Real Property; and, First, of Corporeal Hereditaments
III: Of Incorporeal Hereditaments
IV: Of the Feodal System
V: Of the Antient English Tenures
VI: Of the Modern English Tenures
VII: Of Freehold Estates, of Inheritance
VIII: Of Freeholds, not of Inheritance
IX: Of Estates, less than Freehold
X: Of Estates upon Condition
XI: Of Estates in Possession, Remainder, and Reversion
XII: Of Estates in Severalty, Joint-tenancy, Coparcenary, and Common
XIII: Of the Title to Things Real, in General
XIV: Of Title by Descent
XV: Of Title by Purchase; and, first, by Escheat
XVI: Of Title by Occupancy
XVII: Of Title by Prescription
XVIII: Of Title by Forfeiture
XIX: Of Title by Alienation
XX: Of Alienation by Deed
XXI: Of Alienation by Matter of Record
XXII: Of Alienation by Special Custom
XXIII: Of Alienation by Devise
XXIV: Of Things Personal
XXV: Of Property in Things Personal
XXVI: Of Title to Things Personal, by Occupancy
XXVII: Of Title by Prerogative, and Forfeiture
XXVIII: Of Title by Custom
XXIX: Of Title by Succession, Marriage, and Judgment
XXX: Of Title by Gift, Grant, and Contract
XXXI: Of Title by Bankruptcy
XXXII: Of Title by Testament, and Administration

Series: The Oxford Edition of Blackstone

The Oxford Edition of Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England: Book I, II, III, and IV
Edited by: Wilfrid Prest
ISBN 9780199601035
Published August 2016
Oxford University Press
Commentaries on the Laws of England: Book I: Of the Rights of People ISBN 9780199600991
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