Sir william blackstone commentaries on the laws of england in four books notes selected from the editions of archibold christian coleridge chitty stewart kerr and others barron fields analysis and additional notes and a life of the author by george sharswood. The commentaries on the laws of england are an influential 18th century treatise on the common law of england by sir william blackstone originally published by the clarendon press at oxford 1765 1769 the work is divided into four volumes on the rights of persons the rights of things of private wrongs and of public wrongs. Perhaps the most important legal treatise ever written in the english language sir william blackstones commentaries on the laws of england 1765 69 was the first effort to consolidate english common law into a unified and rational system. Excerpt from commentaries on the laws of england vol 1 of 2 in four books with an analysis of the work book i and ii about this time also he obtained mr bensons gold prize medal of mil ton for verses on that poet. Sir william blackstones commentaries on the laws of england 1765 1769 stands as the first great effort to reduce the english common law to a unified and rational system blackstone demonstrated that the english law as a system of justice was comparable to roman law and the civil law of the continent
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