1759. First Edition of Blackstone's Essay on Descents Blackstone, Sir William [1723-1780]. A Treatise on the Law of Descents in Fee-Simple. Oxford: at the Clarendon Press, 1759. 87,  pp. Two folding copperplate tables: "Table of Consanguinity" and "Table of Descents." Octavo (8-3/4" x 4-3/4"). Contemporary calf, carefully rebacked retaining spine, blind rules and fillets to boards, corners repaired, raised bands and lettering piece to spine, original endpapers retained. Some rubbing, a few minor nicks to boards, chipping to edge of lettering piece, hinges cracked. Moderate toning to text, some offsetting to margins of preliminaries and tables, which are lightly soiled. A handsome copy. * First edition. Originally published as a learning aid for his students, this brief treatise on "the rules by which landed property was transferred, whether by direct inheritance or by one remove by purchase" (6), formed the basis, almost word for word, of Chapters 14 and 15 of the Commentaries of the Laws of England, Book II (1766). An excerpt in James Parker's Conductor Generalis (1764) was the first work by Blackstone published in America. Eller, The William Blackstone Collection in the Yale Law Library 244. Laeuchli, A Bibliographical Catalog of William Blackstone 566. (Inventory #: 65433)
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