Signed Limited Edition of Wigmore's "Important Work on Comparative Law" Wigmore, John Henry [1863-1943]. A Panorama of the World's Legal Systems. St. Paul: West Publishing, . 3 volumes. Five hundred illustrations, many in color. Original cloth, gilt titles to front boards and spines. Moderate shelfwear, some wear to heads of spines, corners bumped and somewhat worn. Owner inscriptions dated 1929 to front and rear pastedowns of Volumes II and III, inscriptions (of same owner) removed from pastedowns of Volume I, gift inscriptions in different hand dated 1938 to front endleaves of all volumes, bold author signature at end of preface (p. xv), light soiling to a few leaves. $250. * First printing of the first edition. Limited to 1990 copies, this number 1235. Wigmore's pioneering study provides a description and history of the legal systems of the Egyptians, Mesopotamians, Hebrews, Chinese, Hindu, Greeks, Romans, Japanese, Muslims, Celts, Slavs and Germans as well as the maritime, Papal, Romanesque and the Anglican legal Systems. " a wholly original idea for the teaching of legal history--the idea that pictures can be used to aid the teaching of the history of the great legal systems of the world. It is as original as the idea which Mansfield suggested to Blackstone in the middle of the 18th century, that English law should be taught at the universities. I had the privilege of attending one of these picture lectures at Northwestern, and both that lecture and Wigmore's book convinced me that this method of teaching legal history has a future before it.": William S. Holdsworth, Law Quarterly Review 59:289-290 cited in Marke, A Catalogue of the Law Collection at New York University (1953) 893.
Book number 71578