Nicholas St. John Green's Edition of Story on Agency Story, Joseph [1779-1845]. Green, Nicholas St. John [1830-1876], Editor. Commentaries on the Law of Agency as a Branch of Commercial and Maritime Law. With Occasional Illustrations from the Civil and Foreign Law. Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1874. xl, 706 pp. Octavo (9" x 5-3/4"). Contemporary three-quarter calf over marbled boards, rebacked, blind rules to boards, gilt library insignia to front boards, raised bands and existing lettering piece to spine, endpapers renewed. Heavy rubbing to boards with notable wear to edges and corners. Light toning to interior, marks and brief annotations in a few places, mostly in pencil, fold lines to corners of a few leaves, light soiling to title page. $350. * Eighth edition. An important lawyer and a philosopher, Green was a friend of Holmes and Peirce leading member of the Metaphysical Club and one of the founders of pragmatism. As a lawyer, his "favorite target was legal formalism-the belief that legal concepts refer to something immutable and determinate. His criticism of legal formalism was Wright's criticism of Spencer's evolutionary philosophy: he thought it treated what were merely tools of analysis as though they named actual entities" (Menand). Green's was the penultimate edition of Story's Agency, which was first published in 1839. The final edition, by C.P. Greenough, was published in 1882. Menand, The Metaphysical Club 224. Catalogue of the Library of the Harvard Law School (1909) II:671.
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