Story, Joseph; Grigsby, W.E., Editor. Commentaries on Equity Jurisprudence. Originally published: London: Stevens and Haynes, 1884. lxxiii, 1093 pp. Reprinted 2006, 2014 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. ISBN-13: 9781584775942; ISBN-10: 1584775947. Hardcover. New. $95. * Reprint of the first English edition, based on the 12th American edition with notes on English decisions by W.E. Grigsby. "Probably the decisive factor in our reception of English equity was Story's Equity Jurisprudence. With much art (...) he made it seem that the precepts established by the decisions of the English Courts of Chancery coincided in substance with those of the Roman law as expounded by the civilians and hence were but statements of universal principles of natural law universally accepted in civilized states. If equity had been expounded to American judges and lawyers and students in the dry and technical fashion of the contemporary English treatises, we might have been sorely hampered in the development of American Law by a crippled equity. Story's sympathetic exposition of English equity (...) was the one thing needed to commend equity to our American courts and to counteract the forces that were working against it." Pound, The Formative Era in American Law 156-157.
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