“Even a dog distinguishes between being stumbled over and being kicked": First Edition of Oliver Wendell Holmes' The Common Law, Among the Greatest of American Legal Works

  • The Common Law.

The Common Law.


Item Number: 24088

Boston: Little Brown and Company, 1881.

First edition of this landmark work in American law. Octavo, original cloth. In very good condition with the spine gilt quite fresh and bright. With the University Press: John Wilson and Son on the copyright page. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.

"To the legal historian, Justice Holmes was to be the leading prophet of the new era. Holmes was part of the generation that had sat at the feet of Darwin and Spencer When Holmes asserted in his Common Law that ‘the law finds its philosophy (in) the nature of human needs,’ he was sounding the clarion of 20th-century jurisprudence If the 19th century was one of Legal Darwinism, the 20th was, ultimately, to be that of Mr. Justice Holmes" (The Law in America, 190-91).

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