Ancient Law

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Ancient Law; Its Connection to the Early History of Society, and Its Relation to Modern Ideas
Henry Maine Ancient Law (1861).jpg
Author Henry Maine
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Law, History
Publisher John Murray
Publication date
1861
Media type Print

Ancient Law is a book by Henry James Sumner Maine. It was first published in octavo in 1861.[1] The book went through twelve editions during the lifetime of the author.[2] The twelfth edition was published in 1888.[3] A new edition, with notes by Frederick Pollock, was published in octavo in 1906.[4][5][6]

Lectures delivered by Maine for the Inns of Court were the groundwork for Ancient Law, the book by which his reputation was made at one stroke. Its object, as stated in the preface, was "to indicate some of the earliest ideas of mankind, as they are reflected in ancient law, and to point out the relation of those ideas to modern thought.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Maine, Henry (1861). Ancient Law, Its Connection with the Early History of Society, and Its Relation to Modern Ideas (1 ed.). London: John Murray. 
  2. ^ The first American edition was published in 1864 with an introduction by Theodore William Dwight. See Maine, Henry (1864). Ancient Law, Its Connection with the Early History of Society, and Its Relation to Modern Ideas (First American from the Second London ed.). New York: Charles Scribner. 
  3. ^ Maine, Henry (1888). Ancient Law, Its Connection with the Early History of Society, and Its Relation to Modern Ideas (12 ed.). London: John Murray. 
  4. ^ W Harold Maxwell and Leslie F Maxwell. A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth of Nations. Second Edition. Sweet & Maxwell. London. 1955. Volume 1. Page 612.
  5. ^ See also Maine, Henry (1920). Ancient Law, Its Connection with the Early History of Society, and Its Relation to Modern Ideas; with an Introduction and Notes by Frederick Pollock. London: John Murray. 
  6. ^ The notes of Frederick Pollock were also published in a separate book. See Pollock, Frederick (1914). Introduction and Notes to Sir Henry Maine's "Ancient Law". London: John Murray. 
  7. ^  Frederick Pollock (1911). "Maine, Sir Henry James Sumner". In Chisholm, Hugh. Encyclopædia Britannica 17 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 432. 

External links[edit]

Ancient Law, 10th Edition (1908) at the Internet Archive