Friday, August 12, 2016

A New Edition of Blackstone

Just published is the Oxford Edition of Blackstone: Commentaries on the Laws of England, prepared under he general editorship of Wilfrid Prest, Professor Emeritus of History and of Law at the University of Adelaide:
Oxford's variorum edition of William Blackstone's seminal treatise on the common law of England and Wales offers the definitive account of the Commentaries' development in a modern format. For the first time it is possible to trace the evolution of English law and Blackstone's thought through the eight editions of Blackstone's lifetime, and the authorial corrections of the posthumous ninth edition. Introductions by the general editor and the volume editors set the Commentaries in their historical context, examining Blackstone's distinctive view of the common law, and editorial notes throughout the four volumes assist the modern reader in understanding this key text in the Anglo-American common law tradition.
Book I: Of the Rights of People                     Book II: Of the Rights of Things
Volume Editor: David Lemmings                 Volume Editor: Simon Stern

Book III: Of Private Wrongs                          Book IV: Of Public Wrongs
Volume Editor: Thomas P. Gallanis             Volume Editor: Ruth Paley

The University of Adelaide’s press release is here.