Law book

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A law book is a book about law.

It is possible to make a distinction between "law books" on the one hand, and "books about law" on the other.[1] This distinction is "useful".[2] A law book is "a work of legal doctrine".[1] It consists of "law talk", that is to say, propositions of law.[2] "The first duty of a law book is to state the law as it is, truly and accurately, and then the reason or principle for it as far as it is known".[3] The "first requisite in a law-book is perfect accuracy".[4] A "law book is supposed to state what the law is rather than what it is not".[5] "One great desideratum in a law book is facility of reference".[6]

A "list of law books and related materials" is a legal bibliography.[7]

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  • Lawrence M Friedman and Stewart Macaulay (editors). Law and the Behavioural Sciences. Second Edition. Bobbs-Merill. 1977. Pages 21 to 26.
  • Twining, William. Blackstone's Tower: The English Law School. The Hamlyn Lectures Forty-Sixth Series. Published under the auspices of the Hamlyn Trust. Sweet & Maxwell. Stevens & Sons. London. 1994. ISBN 0 421 53280 7. Chapters 1 and 5. Digitized copy from the University of Exeter.
  1. ^ a b Richard L Abel, "Law Books and Books about Law" (1973) 26 Stanford Law Review 175 JSTOR
  2. ^ a b William Twining and David Miers. How to do Things with Rules. Fourth Edition. Butterworths. London, Edinburgh, Dublin. 1999. ISBN 0 406 90408 1. p 422.
  3. ^ 3 Kent's Commentaries 88
  4. ^ Scotsman, quoted in Irons and Melville, Treatise on the Law of Arbitration in Scotland, W Green, 1903, p 622, Google Books
  5. ^ Law Book News. F B Rothman. 1896. Vol 2. p 84. Google Books.
  6. ^ The Literary Gazette; and Journal of Belles Lettres, Arts, Sciences, &c. for the Year 1837. London. 1837. p 348. col 2. Digitized copy from Google Books.
  7. ^ Pagel, Scott B (editor). The Legal Bibliography: Tradition, Transitions and Trends. The Haworth Press. 1989. ISBN 0 86656 932 4. Page 1. Digitized copy from Google Books.

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