The Oxford Edition of Blackstone: Commentaries on the Laws of England: Book III: Of Private Wrongs

ISBN : 9780199601011

William Blackstone; Thomas P. Gallanis
470 ページ
171 x 246 mm

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. Entitled Of Private Wrongs, Book III can be divided into three principal parts. The first describes the multiple courts in England and their jurisdictions, including the wrongs cognizable in each of them. The second describes some aspects of the substantive common law: wrongs to persons and to personal and real property. The third describes the processes of litigation in the courts of common law and equity.


Thomas P. Gallanis: Introduction to Book III
Wilfrid Prest: Editorial Conventions
Book the Third: Of Private Wrongs
I Of the Redress of Private Wrongs by the Mere Act of the Parties
II Of Redress by the Mere Operation of the Law
III Of Courts in General
IV Of the Public Courts of Common Law and Equity
V Of Courts Ecclesiastical, Military, and Maritime
VI Of Courts of Special Jurisdiction
VII Of the Cognizance of Private Wrongs
VIII Of Wrongs, and their Remedies, Respecting the Rights of Persons
IX Of Injuries to Personal Property
X Of Injuries to Real Property, and first of Dispossession, or Ouster, of the Freehold
XI Of Dispossession, or Ouster, of Chattels Real
XII Of Trespass
XIII Of Nusance
XIV Of Waste
XV Of Subtraction
XVI Of Disturbance
XVII Of Injuries Preceeding From, or Affecting, the Crown
XVIII Of the Pursuit of Remedies by Action
and first, of the Original Writ
XIX Of Process
XX Of Pleading
XXI Of Issue and Demurrer
XXII Of the Several Species of Trial
XXIII Of the Trial by Jury
XXIV Of Judgment, and its Incidents
XV Of Proceedings, in the Nature of Appeals
XVI Of Execution
XVIII Of Proceedings in the Courts of Equity


Professor Thomas P. Gallanis is a prize-winning legal historian and comparative lawyer and an expert on trust, succession, property, and fiduciary law and the history of the common law. He was awarded the Selden Society's David Yale Prize for his scholarly article on the history of evidence law, which was judged 'a distinguished contribution to the history of the laws and legal institutions of England and Wales'. He has been a visiting fellow of All Souls College (Oxford) and Magdalene College (Cambridge), the Herbert Smith Visitor in the law faculty of Cambridge University, and a Mellon fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton).