Men and Books Famous in the Law Men and Books Famous in the Law
By Frederick C. Hicks
2000/07 - Beard Books - Law Classic
1587980592 - Paperback - Reprint -  266 pp.

An intriguing glimpse into some of the earlier famous legal works and the men associated with them.

Publisher Comments

Category: Law

This title is part of the Legal History list

Of Interest:

A History of the American Bar

Law: Its Origin, Growth and Function

Legal Lore: Curiosities of Law and Lawyers

Life, Death and the Law

Readings in American Legal History

The Literature of American Legal History

The Reasonableness of the Law

The Successful Practice of Law

Law books have human appeal because of what they contain and what they represent in the history of society; because of their place in English literature; because they are impressive historical and biographical documents; and because of the vicissitudes through which some of the great books have passed. The great classes of law books and the men associated with them are sketched in this work: statutory law; law reports; digests; dictionaries; institutional works; and monographs. Problems with law book publications are discussed. All those interested in the genesis of law book history and development will be intrigued by this work.

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Frederick C. Hicks, librarian and educator, 1875-1954. He received the following degrees Ph.B. in 1898 and Litt.D. in 1922 from Colgate University; LL.B. in 1901 from Georgetown Law School; A.M. in 1907 from Brown University and Yale in 1928. After practicing law for a year, he became a librarian at various libraries. He then became a professor of law and law librarian at Yale, 1928-1944. He authored numerous books on the law and legal research. 


Preface 7
Introduction by Harlan F. Stone 9
Chapter I. The Human Appeal of Law Books 15
Chapter II. Cowell's Interpreter 28
Chapter III. Lord Coke and The Report 59
Chapter IV. Littleton and Coke Upon Littleton 83
Chapter V. Blackstone and His Commentaries 106
Chapter VI. James Kent and His Commentaries 134
Chapter VII. Edward Livingston and His System of Penal Law 159
Chapter VIII. Henry Wheaton 190
Appendix Bibliographical Suggestions 237
Index 247

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