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Sir William Blackstone, Commentaries on the Laws of England in Four Books, vol. 1 
Commentaries on the Laws of England in Four Books. Notes selected from the editions of Archibold, Christian, Coleridge, Chitty, Stewart, Kerr, and others, Barron Field’s Analysis, and Additional Notes, and a Life of the Author by George Sharswood. In Two Volumes. (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Co., 1893). Vol. 1 - Books I & II.
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A two volume edition of the classic work on English law by Blackstone. This edition is interesting because it includes the commentaries of at least 5 previous editors of Blackstone’s work along with additional notes by Sharswood, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Vol. 1 contains the Introduction to the Study of the Laws of England, Book I Of the Rights of Persons, and Book II The Rights of Things.
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- Preface By the American Editor.
- A Memoir of Sir William Blackstone,
- Introduction. of the Study, Nature, and Extent of the Laws of England.
- Section I.: On the Study of the Law. †
- Section II.: Of the Nature of Laws In General.
- Section III.: Of the Laws of England.
- Section IV.: Of the Countries Subject to the Laws of England.
- Commentaries On the Laws of England.
- Book the First. of the Rights of Persons.
- Chapter I.: Of the Absolute Rights of Individuals.
- Chapter II.: Of the Parliament.
- Chapter III.: Of the King, and His Title.
- Chapter IV.: Of the King’s Royal Family.
- Chapter V.: Of the Councils Belonging to the King.
- Chapter VI.: Of the King’s Duties.
- Chapter VII.: Of the King’s Prerogative.
- Chapter VIII.: Of the King’s Revenue.
- Chapter IX.: Of Subordinate Magistrates.
- Chapter X.: Of the People, Whether Aliens, Denizens, Or Natives.
- Chapter XI.: Of the Clergy.
- Chapter XII.: Of the Civil State.
- Chapter XIII.: Of the Military and Maritime States.
- Chapter XIV.: Of Master and Servant.
- Chapter XV.: Of Husband and Wife.
- Chapter XVI.: Of Parent and Child.
- Chapter XVII.: Of Guardian and Ward.
- Chapter XVIII.: Of Corporations.
- Book the Second. of the Rights of Things.
- Chapter I.: Of Property, In General.
- Chapter II.: Of Real Property; And, First, of Corporeal Hereditaments
- Chapter III.: Of Incorporeal Hereditaments.
- Chapter IV.: Of the Feodal System.
- Chapter V.: Of the Ancient English Tenures
- Chapter VI.: Of the Modern English Tenures.
- Chapter VII.: Of Freehold Estates of Inheritance.
- Chapter VIII.: Of Freeholds, Not of Inheritance.
- Chapter IX.: Of Estates Less Than Freehold.
- Chapter X.: Of Estates Upon Condition.
- Chapter XI.: Estates In Possession, Remainder, and Reversion.
- Chapter XII.: Of Estates In Severalty, Joint-tenancy, Coparcenary, and Common.
- Chapter XIII.: Of the Title to Things Real, In General.
- Chapter XIV.: Of Title By Descent.
- Chapter XV.: Of Title By Purchase and I. By Escheat.
- Chapter XVI.: II. Of Title By Occupancy.
- Chapter XVII.: III. Of Title By Prescription.
- Chapter XVIII.: IV. Of Title By Forfeiture.
- Chapter XIX.: V. Of Title By Alienation.
- Chapter XX.: Of Alienation By Deed.
- Chapter XXI.: Of Alienation By Matter of Record.
- Chapter XXII.: Of Alienation By Special Custom.
- Chapter XXIII.: Of Alienation By Devise.
- Chapter XXIV.: Of Things Personal.
- Chapter XXV.: Of Property In Things Personal.
- Chapter XXVI.: Of Title to Things Personal By Occupancy.
- Chapter XXVII.: Of Title By Prerogative and Forfeiture.
- Chapter XXVIII.: Of Title By Custom.
- Chapter XXIX.: Of Title By Succession, Marriage, and Judgment.
- Chapter XXX.: Of Title By Gift, Grant, and Contract.
- Chapter XXXI.: Of Title By Bankruptcy.
- Chapter XXXII.: Of Title By Testament, and Administration.
- No. I.: Vetus Carta Feoffamenti.
- No. II.: Modern Conveyance By Lease and Release.
- No. III.: An Obligation, Or Bond, With Condition For the Payment of Money.
- No. IV.: A Fine of Lands Sur Cognizance De Droit, Come Ceo, &c.
- No. V.: A Common Recovery of Lands With * Double Voucher.