The Genius of the Common Law
Pollock, Sir Frederick. The Genius of the Common Law. New York: The Columbia University Press, 1912. vii, 141 pp. Reprinted 2000 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. LCCN 99-047160. ISBN 1-58477-043-0. Cloth. $60. * A collection of Sir Frederick Pollock's lectures from the Carpentier Series at Columbia University. Holdsworth praised the eight lectures as a discussion of "...critical studies of aspects and characteristics of the common law which only an accomplished legal historian, a master of the modern law, and a professor of jurisprudence could have written." Holdsworth, Some Makers of English Law 287. Marke, A Catalogue of the Law Collection of New York University (1953) 143.
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