William Blackstone (1723-1780) was an English justice who wrote several significant works on English law. His magnum opus, Commentaries on the Laws of England, was an influential and widely-referenced work on English common law. Blackstone’s Commentaries informed the writing of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, and continued to inform American legal precedent into the twentieth century. This collection includes an eleventh edition of Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England and a first edition of Blackstone’s Law Tracts, in Two Volumes (volume two only).
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Law, Political Science, and Economics
About This Collection
First editions, signed volumes, rare books, autograph letters, and ephemera. Foundational works in the history of law and political philosophy, including books that influenced the American and French Revolutions.
Second Story Books, an ABAA/ILAB member, is Washington, DC’s oldest used and rare bookstore and is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2024. Internationally known for its fine selection of antiquarian and out-of-print titles and collections, Second Story Books also provides appraisals for institutions and individuals.