The First English-Language Treatise on the Subject Hilliard, Francis. The Law of Torts, or Private Wrongs. Originally published: Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1859. 2 volumes. xxxviii, 540; xxxvii, 719 pp. Reprinted 2006, 2016 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. ISBN-13: 9781584775416; ISBN-10: 1584775416. Hardcover. New. $79.95 * Reprint of the first edition. This was the first English-language treatise on the subject. As the Dictionary of American Biography points out, it marked the "beginning of a revolution in legal thought" because it was the first to approach torts as a distinct legal category. Before Hilliard, "practical text-writers...regarded such wrongs as too divergent in nature for unified treatment and merely discussed some distinct wrong" (V:53-54). Hilliard [1806-1878], a Harvard-educated attorney who lived in Boston, was a prolific and distinguished author of treatises on jurisprudence, real property, contracts, business law and other subjects.
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