Download Full Text (96.0 MB)

Download Front Matter (575 KB)

Download Contents (1.1 MB)

Download Analysis of the Contents of this Volume (2.5 MB)

Download Book III: Of Private Wrongs. Chapter I. Of the Redress of Private Wrongs by the Mere Act of the Parties. (19.8 MB)

Download Book III Chapter II. Of Redress by the Mere Operation of Law. (4.0 MB)

Download Book III Chapter III. Of Courts in General. (10.4 MB)

Download Book III Chapter IV. Of the Public Courts of Common Law and Equity. (20.5 MB)

Download Book III Chapter V. Of Courts Ecclesiastical, Military and Maritime. (10.6 MB)

Download Book III Chapter VI. Of Courts of a Special Jurisdiction. (16.5 MB)

Download Book III Chapter VII. Of the Cognizance of Private Wrongs. (28.6 MB)

Download Book III Chapter VIII. Of Wrongs and Their Remedies, Respecting the Rights of Persons. (18.8 MB)

Download Book III Chapter IX. Of Injuries to Personal Property. (31.7 MB)

Download Book III Chapter X. Of Injuries to Real Property, and First, of Dispossession, or Ouster, of the Freehold. (26.5 MB)

Download Book III Chapter XI. Of Dispossession, or Ouster, of Chattels Real. (8.3 MB)

Download Book III Chapter XII. Of Trespass. (12.0 MB)

Download Book III Chapter XIII. Of Nuisance. (7.8 MB)

Download Book III Chapter XIV. Of Waste. (6.2 MB)

Download Book III Chapter XV. Of Subtraction. (6.4 MB)

Download Book III Chapter XVI. Of Disturbance. (15.7 MB)

Download Book III Chapter XVII. Of Injuries Proceeding from or Affecting the Crown. (12.2 MB)

Download Book III Chapter XVIII. Of the Pursuit of remedies by Action; and First, of the Original Writ. (10.1 MB)

Download Book III Chapter XIX. Of Process. (13.5 MB)

Download Book III Chapter XX. Of Pleading. (34.3 MB)

Download Book III Chapter XXI. Of Issue and Demurrer. (12.3 MB)

Download Book III Chapter XXII. Of the Several Species of Trial. (21.1 MB)

Download Book III Chapter XXIII. Of the Trial by Jury. (40.7 MB)

Download Book III Chapter XXIV. Of Judgment and its Incidents. (12.6 MB)

Download Book III Chapter XXV. Of Proceedings in the Nature of Appeals. (8.7 MB)

Download Book III Chapter XXVI. Of Execution. (16.7 MB)

Download Book III Chapter XXVII. Of Proceedings in the Courts of Equity. (24.8 MB)

Download Book III Appendix (16.2 MB)

Download Book IV: Of Public Wrongs. Chapter I. Of the Nature of Crimes and Their Punishment. (16.9 MB)

Download Book IV Chapter II. Of the Persons Capable of Committing Crimes. (12.5 MB)

Download Book IV Chapter III. Of Principals and Associates. (10.2 MB)

Download Book IV Chapter IV. Of Offences Against God and Religion. (19.9 MB)

Download Book IV Chapter V. Of Offences Against the Law of Nations. (6.5 MB)

Download Book IV Chapter VI. Of High Treason. (17.8 MB)

Download Book IV Chapter VII. Of Felonies Injurious to the King's Prerogative. (2.8 MB)

Download Book IV Chapter VIII. Of Praemunire. (13.5 MB)

Download Book IV Chapter IX. Of Misprisons and Contempts Affecting the King and Government. (6.4 MB)

Download Book IV Chapter X. Of Offences Against Public Justice. (20.9 MB)

Download Book IV Chapter XI. Of Offences Against the Public Peace. (11.0 MB)

Download Book IV Chapter XII. Of Offences Against Public Trade. (8.3 MB)

Download Book IV Chapter XIII. Of Offences Against the Public Health, and the Public Police or Economy. (16.4 MB)

Download Book IV Chapter XIV. Of Homicide. (23.9 MB)

Download Book IV Chapter XV. Of Offences Against the Persons of Individuals. (7.0 MB)

Download Book IV Chapter XVI. Of Offences Against the Habitations of Individuals. (9.8 MB)

Download Book IV Chapter XVII. Of Offences Against Private Property. (21.4 MB)

Download Book IV Chapter XVIII. Of the Means of Preventing Offences. (10.0 MB)

Download Book IV Chapter XIX. Of Courts of Criminal Jurisdiction. (18.4 MB)

Download Book IV Chapter XX. Of Summary Convictions. (8.6 MB)

Download Book IV Chapter XXI. Of Arrests. (10.0 MB)

Download Book IV Chapter XXII. Of Commitment and Bail. (10.2 MB)

Download Book IV Chapter XXIII. Of the Several Modes of Prosecution. (17.8 MB)

Download Book IV Chapter XXIV. Of Process Upon an Indictment. (4.0 MB)

Download Book IV Chapter XXV. Of Arraignment and its Incidents. (8.9 MB)

Download Book IV Chapter XXVI. Of Pleas and Issue. (8.3 MB)

Download Book IV Chapter XXVII. Of Trial and Conviction. (17.1 MB)

Download Book IV Chapter XXVIII. Of the Benefit of the Clergy. (10.8 MB)

Download Book IV Chapter XXIX. Of Judgment and its Consequences. (9.1 MB)

Download Book IV Chapter XXX. Of Reversal of Judgment. (2.4 MB)

Download Book IV Chapter XXXI. Of Reprieve and Pardon. (6.3 MB)

Download Book IV Chapter XXXII. Of Execution. (382 KB)

Download Book IV Chapter XXXIII. Of the Rise, Progress, and Gradual Improvement of the Laws of England. (47.9 MB)

Download Book IV Appendix (76.5 MB)


“The main purpose in giving to the public a new edition of the Commentaries of Blackstone, was to present the changes in the law which had taken place since the last preceding edition appeared, that the reader, while informing himself concerning the law of England of a century since, might not be misled in respect to its present condition. With this object before him, while avoiding the detail which might be useful to the English practitioner, but which would merely cumber the pages for American use, the editor has sought to indicate the statutory changes sufficiently to give a general idea of the advancement made in the English law since our commentator’s time, and also to enable the American student to compare the law of his own country with the system from which it was derived, as modified by the experience of another land enjoying free institutions under circumstances and with a state of society considerably differing from our own….” --Author’s Preface to the First Edition reprinted in 2nd Ed., Vol. 1.

“A new edition of this work having become necessary, the editor has made some changes and additions, but not such as will call for special notice here. They consist in the main of references to new cases, though some new notes have been added which may prove of practical value.” --Authors Preface in 2nd Ed., Vol. 1.

Publication Date



Callaghan and Company




William Blackstone, Commentaries on the Laws of England, English Legal History, English Legal System


Common Law | Comparative and Foreign Law | Legal History


Volume II: Including Books III & IV

Commentaries on the Laws of England : in Four Books