The Oxford Edition of Blackstone: Commentaries on the Laws of England: Book 2: Of the Rights of Things

ISBN : 9780199601004

William Blackstone; Simon Stern
460 Pages
171 x 246 mm
Pub date
Jun 2016
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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. Property law is the subject of Book II, the second and longest volume of Blackstone's Commentaries. His lucid exposition covers feudalism and its history, real estate and the forms of tenure that a land-owner may have, and personal property, including the new kinds of intangible property that were developing in Blackstone's era, such as negotiable instruments and intellectual property.


Simon Stern: Introduction to Book II
Wilfrid Prest: Editorial Conventions
Book the Second: Of the Rights of Things
I Of Property, in General
II Of Real Property
and, First, of Corporeal Hereditaments
III Of Incorporeal Hereditaments
IV Of the Feodal System
V Of the Antient English Tenures
VI Of the Modern English Tenures
VII Of Freehold Estates, of Inheritance
VIII Of Freeholds, not of Inheritance
IX Of Estates, less than Freehold
X Of Estates upon Condition
XI Of Estates in Possession, Remainder, and Reversion
XII Of Estates in Severalty, Joint-tenancy, Coparcenary, and Common
XIII Of the Title to Things Real, in General
XIV Of Title by Descent
XV Of Title by Purchase
and, first, by Escheat
XVI Of Title by Occupancy
XVII Of Title by Prescription
XVIII Of Title by Forfeiture
XIX Of Title by Alienation
XX Of Alienation by Deed
XXI Of Alienation by Matter of Record
XXII Of Alienation by Special Custom
XXIII Of Alienation by Devise
XXIV Of Things Personal
XXV Of Property in Things Personal
XXVI Of Title to Things Personal, by Occupancy
XXVII Of Title by Prerogative, and Forfeiture
XXVIII Of Title by Custom
XXIX Of Title by Succession, Marriage, and Judgment
XXX Of Title by Gift, Grant, and Contract
XXXI Of Title by Bankruptcy
XXXII Of Title by Testament, and Administration

About the author: 

Sir William Blackstone (1723-1780) was a prominent public figure in the eighteenth century. Judge and jurist, barrister and politician, his work has had a profound influence on the Anglo-American legal tradition. The first Vinerian Professor of English Law, Blackstone was a Justice of the Court of Common Pleas at the time of his death. The Commentaries published in eight editions in his lifetime, and a posthumous ninth edition in 1783. ; Simon Stern teaches law and English at the University of Toronto. His publications include articles and book chapters on various aspects of Anglo-American legal and literary history in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, including intellectual property, obscenity, search and seizure, and criminal law. His current research examines the history and theory of legal fictions.

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