2015. Story, Joseph. Bennett, E.H., Editor. Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States. With a Preliminary Review of the Constitutional History of the Colonies and States, Before the Adoption of the Constitution. Originally published: Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1858. 2 volumes. xxxiii, [ii], 735; [ii], 702 pp. Reprinted 2001, 2015 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. ISBN-13: 9781584771937; ISBN-10: 1584771933. Hardcover. Covers lightly bumped. Small tear to spine of Volume 1. ISBN labels on rear covers. Else very good. * Reprint of the third edition, by E.H. Bennett. Arguably the most important American constitutional work after The Federalist. "Taking the Federalist as the basis of his Commentaries, he advocates a liberal construction of the palladium of our liberties." Marvin, Legal Bibliography 669, citing first edition. "The Commentaries were tremendous achievements, and evidence immense industry and legal knowledge, and themselves entitled him to be ranked as a jurist of the first rank." Walker, Oxford Companion to Law 1192. Apart from James Kent, no legal scholar has had greater influence on American law than Justice Story [1779-1845], who was appointed Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in 1811. Marke, A Catalogue of the Law Collection at New York University (1953) 403. Catalogue of the Library at Harvard Law School II:669. (Inventory #: 65152)
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