“A VAST INFLUENCE BOTH IN ENGLAND AND AMERICA”
BLACKSTONE, William. Commentaries on the Laws of England. Philadelphia, 1771-72. Four volumes.
First American edition, first issue, of this monumental treatise that greatly influenced the development of the American legal system, this distinctive association copy with the 22-page subscribers list, rarely found, which names leading Revolutionary figures such as John Adams, Federalist co-author John Jay, John Dickinson, and this set’s original owner Richard Thomas, "Farmer, Chester County, Pennsylvania" signed and dated by him on each title page. $16,000.