The Commentaries on the Laws of England was a four volume set intended to bring England's common law into a realm of understanding for the average citizen. The second volume, presented here, details the rights of 'things'. Blackstone's work was credited as being the first since the Middle Ages to methodically examine the laws of England. His work is credited with helping to lay the foundation for the American legal system. This volume examines the laws surrounding property and ownership. It is the longest volume of the set, and deals extensively with real property as well as chattel property. The work is presented without an introduction, but is preceded by a table of contents and concluded with a detailed index.
As it was upon its original publication, The Commentaries on the Laws of England remains a surprisingly readable text. It is for this reason that Blackstone's work became so influential in the first place, as this feature made his books accessible by the layperson. While the first volume of the set may prove more interesting for some readers, as it details the rights of persons, this volume is still fascinating for its insight into a feudal society's perspective of property.
The Commentaries on the Laws of England was a monumental text upon its original publication, and remains a work of great historical significance. Anybody interested in legal history, particularly in the British or American realms, will find this to be an important and fascinating read.