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Commentaries on the Laws of England: Book IV: Of Public Wrongs

Edited by: Wilfrid Prest

ISBN13: 9780199601028
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 Ruth Paley details the historical and political context of Blackstone's views on the criminal 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
Ruth Paley: Editor's Introduction
Wilfrid Prest: Editorial Conventions

Book the Fourth: Of Public Wrongs
I: Of the Nature of Crimes; and their Punishment
II: Of the Persons Capable of Committing Crimes
III: Of Principles and Accessories
IV: Of Offences Against God and Religion
V: Of Offences Against the Law of Nations
VI: Of High Treason
VII: Of Felonies, Injurous to the King's Prerogative
VIII: Of Praemunire
IX: Of Misprisions and Contempts, Affecting the King and Government
X: Of Offences Against Public Justice
XI: Of Offences Against the Public Peace
XII: Of Offences Against Public Trade
XIII: Of Offences Against the Public Health, and the Public Police or Oeconomy
XIV: Of Homicide
XV: Of Offences Against the Persons of Individuals
XVI: Of Offences Against the Habitations of Individuals
XVII: Of Offences Against Private Property
XVIII: Of the Means of Preventing Offences
XIX: Of Courts of a Criminal Jurisdiction
XX: Of Summary Convictions
XXI: Of Arrests
XXII: Of Commitment and Bail
XXIII: Of the Several Modes of Prosecution
XXIV: Of Process upon an Indictment
XXV: Of Arraignment, and it's Incidents
XXVI: Of Plea, and Issue
XXVII: Of Trial, and Convinction
XXVIII: Of the Benefit of Clergy
XXIX: Of Judgement, and it's Consequences
XXX: Of Reversal of Judgement
XXXI: Of Reprieve, and Pardon
XXXII: Of Execution
XXXIII: Of the Rise, Progress, and Gradual Improvement, of the Laws of England

Series: The Oxford Edition of Blackstone

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 II: Of the Rights of Things ISBN 9780199601004
Published August 2016
Oxford University Press