Introduction to Blackstone, Commentaries on the Laws of England, Book II
Introduction to Commentaries on the Laws of England, Book II (Oxford University Press, 2016) (The Oxford Edition of Blackstone, Wilfrid Prest, general editor, Forthcoming)
19 Pages Posted: 17 Dec 2015
Date Written: December 14, 2015
This draft excerpts three of the six sections in the introduction to Book II, on the law of property ("Of the Rights of Things") in William Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England. The volume forms part of the Oxford Edition of Blackstone, and is due out in 2016. The three sections excerpted here cover the aims of Book II, its treatment of property (including intellectual property), and its influence. Blackstone is often praised in vague terms for his style, and the section on his influence also attempts to explain concretely some of the stylistic features that distinguish his writing. Besides an introduction, each volume in this edition includes the editorial changes that Blackstone made to successive editions of the Commentaries, explanatory footnotes, and tables of the cases, statutes, and legal texts that he cites. The introduction to each volume discusses the book’s aims, subject matter, publication, reception, sources, and influence.
Keywords: Blackstone, property, legal history
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