A'BECKETT, GILBERT ABBOTT. 1811-1856.
The Comic Blackstone. London: Bradbury, Agnew, & Co. 1886-87.
9 parts. 8vo (224 x 148 mm). With 10 color plates and woodcuts throughout by Harry Furniss. Revised and extended by Arthur William A'Beckett. Original cream wrappers printed in red and black, in custom quarter leather clamshell case. Soiling to front wrapper and chipping to spine of part 1, neat repair to backstrip of no 9.
Provenance: George F. Riddiford (period ownership inscription or stamp to front wrapper of each number).
FIRST REVISED AND EXPANDED EDITION IN ORIGINAL MONTHLY PARTS. "A brilliant piece of parody," this send-up of Blackstone's famous commentaries "has an instructive, as well as a comic, value, and has even been recommended as a text-book of law" (Cambridge History of English Literature). Issued serially in nine numbers, this first revision was undertaken by the author's son, Arthur William A'Beckett, himself a barrister-at-law.