The Common Law
|The Common Law|
Cover of the first edition of The Common Law.
|Author||Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.|
The book is about common law in the United States, including torts, property, contracts, and crime. It is written as a series of lectures. It has gone out of copyright and is available in full on the web at Project Gutenberg. Unfortunately, the Project Gutenberg edition is riddled with errors and the footnotes are unusable. A newly typeset edition is available in the section external links below, and the original is available at the Internet Archive.
One of the most famous aphorisms to be drawn from this book occurs on the first page: "The life of the law has not been logic; it has been experience," a subtle qualification of the famous seventeenth-century English jurist Sir Edward Coke's dictum that "Reason is the life of the law."
- E Coke, Commentary Upon Littleton (1628) 97b
- The Common Law by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., from the U. of Toronto Typographical Society.
- The Common Law by Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.' at Project Gutenberg
- The Common Law by Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
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