A Response to Contemporary Debates About Prohibition Black, Henry Campbell [1860-1927]. A Treatise on the Laws Regulating the Manufacture and Sale of Intoxicating Liquors. St. Paul: West Publishing Company, 1892. lii, 711 pp. Octavo (9" x 6"). Contemporary law calf, rebacked in period style. Blind frames to boards, raised bands and lettering piece to spine, hinges mended. Light rubbing to board edges, corners lightly bumped, light toning to text, offsetting to margins of endleaves. Small early bookseller stamp to front pastedown, interior otherwise clean. A handsome copy. $950. * Only edition. Black is best known as the author of the great law dictionary that bears his name, but he also wrote several highly regarded treatises. His treatise on alcoholic beverages, the first published in the United States, was a response to contemporary debates about prohibition, which were gaining in intensity in the late 1800s. Given this background it is not surprising that Black declared his neutrality at the end of his preface: "This book is not a plea for any particular system of liquor legislation. It is purely and solely a legal treatise. The law-writer has no more to do with the wisdom, justice, or expediency of the statutes whose legal effect he discusses than has the court which is called upon to administer them" (iv). Catalogue of the Library of the Harvard Law School (1909) I:183.
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