BLACKSTONE, WILLIAM. 1723-1780.
Commentaries on the Laws of England. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1765-69.
4 volumes. 4to (265 x 205 mm). , [viii], 474; [viii], 520, xx; [iv], 456, xxviii; [iv], 436, viii,  pp. 2 engraved plates (one of which is folding). Period calf, rebacked, a.e.g. Scattered light spotting, one joint cracked.
FIRST EDITION, with the text in volume one ending on Mmm1 and without final blank Mmm2 nor the 8-page supplement. "In some 2000 pages the common law's tortuous complexities were outlined in a manner at once authoritative, clear, elegant, and even engaging.... Blackstone's Commentaries would become the most celebrated, widely circulated, and influential law book ever published in the English language" (ODNB). Goldsmiths 10062; Grolier English 52; PMM 212; Rothschild 407.
- The upper cover of volume 1 is detached.