Newton on Blackstone 1937 (Limited #1084/2000 signed)
NEWTON ON BLACKSTONE.By A. Edward Newton (Author), Printed by University of Pennsylvania Press,No. 1084 of 2000, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1937.
Speech given by Newton when the University of Pennsylvania conferred a Doctorate of Law on him. Reprinted from the Atlantic Monthly. Alfred Edward Newton was an American author, publisher, and avid book collector.
Sir William Blackstone was an English jurist, judge and Tory politician of the eighteenth century. He is most noted for writing the Commentaries on the Laws of England. What did Sir William Blackstone believe in? Human laws, Blackstone believed, were like scientific laws. They were creations of God waiting to be discovered just as Issac Newton had discovered the laws of gravity a century before. Blackstone’s work was particularly important in elucidating the rights of individuals against government and the protection of liberty against the actions of officials seeking to silence criticism and suppress the ability of the press to inform the public.
Hardcover. Light brown cover with gilt title over black. Light green with orange title to dust jacket. Frontispiece portrait of Sir William Blackstone. Scarce Limited, Numbered, and Signed Edition!
Printed on a rear page:"This first and only edition of NEWTON ON BLACKSTONE consists of 2,000 numbered copies printed on all-rag paper and inscribed by the author. The royalties accruing to Dr. Newton will be given to the several libraries in which he is interested. No. 1084 (with signature)."