Important Study by Maine in a Handsome Prize Binding Maine, Sir Henry Sumner [1822-1888]. Lectures on the Early History of Institutions. London: John Murray, 1897. viii, 412 pp. Octavo (8-1/4" x 5-1/4"). Contemporary extra-gilt signed morocco prize binding (by J. Low, London). Gilt fillets to boards, large gilt arms of the London Law Society to front, marbled endpapers, inside dentelles. Light rubbing to extremities, light fading to spine, both boards slightly bowed. Presentation bookplate from the London Law Society (to William Henry Champness) and later owner signature (of H. Donald Sills) to front pastedown, internally clean. A lovely copy. $250. * Seventh edition. This important work is a sequel to Maine's highly influential Ancient Law (1861). It examines kinship, tribal society, early legal remedies and sovereignty, and develops the thesis, first articulated in Ancient Law, that law and society developed "from status to contract." This important argument established Maine's reputation as one of the forefathers of modern legal sociology. Catalogue of the Library of the Harvard Law School (1909) II:33.
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