Beale, Joseph H. A Treatise on the Conflict of Laws. Originally published: New York: Baker, Voorhis & Co., 1935. 3 Vols. cxii, 646; xix, 647-1440; viii, 1441-2127 pp. Reprinted 2004 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. ISBN-13: 9781584774259; ISBN-10: 1584774258. Hardcover. New. $295. * Reprint of the first edition. Beale's treatise ranks with Williston on Contracts and Wigmore on Evidence as one of the undisputed classics of twentieth-century American law. In fact, Jerome Frank claimed in Law and the Modern Mind that it may be the best legal work produced in his lifetime (48). The reasons for its importance are summarized nicely in an early review: "Originally the plans of the Institute called for treatises to accompany the black-letter text of the Restatements, and this was at the start the plan for the Conflict of Laws. For reasons which seemed to the authorities of the [American Law] Institute decisive, this plan for accompanying treatises was abandoned relatively early. Instead, therefore, of a treatise bearing the quasi-official imprimatur of the Institute, we now have Professor Beale's own treatise. (...) We can...be sure that the doctrines here set forth represent the mature convictions of the most distinguished student of the subject in America, one who has devoted a life time to its study. (...) In the first place, it contains the most exhaustive collection of the American cases on the conflict of laws ever made. In the second place, it gives us the matured conclusions of the outstanding American student on the subject, conclusions arrived at and expressed in the prevailing philosophy of the legal profession. In the third place, it gives us in useable form the needed commentary upon the various sections of the Restatement without which it would be difficult if not impossible to know in many cases just what is meant or upon what authority the 'restatements' are made.": Walter Wheeler Cook, Columbia Law Review 35 (1935):1154-1162.
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