Pothier, Robert Joseph. A Treatise on the Law of Obligations, or Contracts. Translated from the French, with an Introduction, Appendix, and Notes, Illustrative of the English Law on the Subject. By William David Evans. Originally published: London: A. Strahan, 1806. Two volumes. 117, 578; iv, 715 pp. Reprinted 2000, 2019 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. ISBN-13: 9781886363984; ISBN-10: 1886363986. Hardcover. New. $195. * Of this edition Marvin speaks highly of Evans: "His notes are comprehensive and learned, and deserve a careful perusal in connexion with the text, and he is entitled to considerable praise for having furnished Pothier on Obligations to the profession in so good and accurate an English garb." Marvin, Legal Bibliography 578. Holdsworth agrees: "He helped to make English lawyers acquainted with Pothier's work, and, by so doing, did considerable service to the development of the English law of contract..." Holdsworth, A History of English Law XIII:467. To Pothier's work he added an Appendix on several topics of English law, organized as a treatise on the law of evidence. Pothier's treatise on civil law was "... soon recognized as a major contribution to legal science, translated by Evans and frequently cited in British Courts." Walker, Oxford Companion to Law 973. Reprint of the uncommon Evans translation, the English second edition which followed the American edition of 1802 (translated by F.X. Martin), which is also available as a facsimile reprint published by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. William David Evans [1767-1821] was a scholarly English lawyer. His writings include A Collection of the Statutes connected with the general Administration of the Law, arranged according to the Order of Subjects, with Notes (1817), 8 vols.
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