The First History of the Common Law [Hale, Sir Matthew]. Written by a Learned Hand. The History and Analysis of the Common Law of England. Two parts, each with title page and individual pagination: The History of the Common Law of England: Divided into Twelve Chapters; The Analysis of the Law: Being a Scheme, Or Abstract, Of the Several Titles and Partitions of the Law of England, Digested into Method. Originally published: [London]: Printed by J. Nutt, 1713. [iii], 264, ; [xvi], 171 pp. Reprinted 2000, 2014 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. ISBN-13: 9781584770244; ISBN-10: 1584770244. Hardcover. New. $49.95 * Reprint of the first edition. Published anonymously, this highly respected work was the first history of the common law. A series of chronological essays drawn from Hale's manuscripts, it "give[s] us a clear statement of the history of some of the important external features of the common law...Sketch as it is his history is living history because its author had a clear view of its whole course" (Holdsworth). Hale [1609-1676] was a Judge of the Common Pleas, well-known for his History of the Pleas of the Crown. Holdsworth, Sources and Literature of English Law 151-152.
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