This is a rare, complete set, 4 volumes, of the Second Edition of Commentaries on American Law (559, 647, 515 & 574 pages) by James Kent, the first comprehensive overview of U. S. legal principles, published by Halsted in 1832. James Kent was a American jurist and legal scholar who practiced in New York following the American Revolution. He was the first professor of law in Columbia College. He was a judge in New York State’s Surpreme Court, eventually becoming Chief Justice. He also, in 1814, became the Chancellor of New York.
The full leather covers (app. 5.75″ x 9″) are scuffed, with a number of scrapes to the surface leather, shallow edge wear, and the name of a previous owner, H. S, Haviland (a Pawling, NY attorney) written in ink to the upper outside front cover of each volume (see photos). All covers are attached. The spines, with four raised bands and attached title and volume labels, are also scuffed, but straight, securely attached, and with all lettering legible.
The insides are complete, with a few pages (at the start of Volume I) partly loose, but with the binding otherwise secure throughout, with no pages completely loose and none missing. The only writing is Haviland’s name, to the title page of Volume I. There are no stamps or other attachments. Almost all pages are foxed, but all text is legible. There are many creases, mostly to the upper outside corners, but no notable tears.
The accompanying photos are accurate reflections of the book conditions.
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