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Portraits of the English, Volume II: Law and Order

By: Audrey Collins

Price: $6.50

Publisher: Heritage Books:

Seller ID: C0001

ISBN: 953646114

Condition: (1999), 2004, 5½x8½, paper, 60 pp, Heritage Books


"Heads of the People" was published in 1840 as a two-volume set, edited by Douglas Jerrold, who also contributed several chapters. This volume contains extracts from that work. A number of the contributors, including Jerrold, were liberal or radical journalists who went on to write for Punch, which was established in the following year. The aim was to entertain the reader, but the authors also claimed a "moral seriousness of purpose" in portraying the man... View more info

Inheritance in America: From Colonial Times to the Present

By: Carole Shammas, Marylyn Salmon, and Michel Dahlin

Price: $24.95

Publisher: Frontier Press:

Seller ID: InAmer

ISBN: 0932231128

Condition: paper, 320 pages, index, bibliography


This is a highly recommended title for those researching their family history or interested in legal history. View more info

CD: Abridgement and Collection of the Acts of Assembly of the Province of Maryland

By: James Bisset

Price: $15.95

Publisher: Heritage Books:

Seller ID: CD2585

ISBN: 788425854

Condition: (1759), 2005, CD, Graphic Images, Adobe Acrobat, PC and Mac, 373 pp, Heritage Books


Mr. Bisset, as an attorney, believed that the inhabitants of the Province of Maryland should be familiar with the laws regulating their conduct, securing their liberties and properties and settling their social and mutual obligations and ties with one another. Since laws change over time, being repealed or amended, and new laws are passed, he felt that this volume would remedy any "uncertainty of what was and what was not Law…" since the last collection publish... View more info

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English Common Law in the Age of Mansfield

By: James Oldham.

Price: $27.50

Publisher: University of North Carolina Press: c2004

Seller ID: 855324

ISBN: 0807855324

Condition: 448 pages, 6 x 9 1/4, 20 illus., append., notes, bibl., index , paperback, University of North Carolina Press


In the eighteenth century, the English common law courts laid the foundation that continues to support present-day Anglo-American law. Lord Mansfield, Chief Justice of the Court of King's Bench, 1756-1788, was the dominant judicial force behind these developments. In this abridgment of his two-volume book, The Mansfield Manuscripts and the Growth of English Law in the Eighteenth Century, James Oldham presents the fundamentals of the English common law during this period,... View more info

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Controlling Vice: Regulating Brothel Prostitution in St. Paul, 1865–1883

By: Joel Best

Price: $17.95

Publisher: Ohio State University Press: Oct 1998

Seller ID: 250076

ISBN: 0-8142-5007-6

Condition: 184 pages, 6 x 9, paperback / softcover, Ohio State University Press


For eighteen years following the Civil War, the police in St. Paul, Minnesota, informally regulated brothel prostitution. Each month, the madams who ran the brothels were charged with keeping houses of ill fame and fined in the city's municipal court. In effect, they were paying licensing fees in order to operate illegal enterprises. This arrangement was open; during this period, the city's newspapers published hundreds of articles about vice and its regulation. J... View more info

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Law for the Elephant: Property & Social Behavior on the Overland Trail

By: John Phillip Reid

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Huntington Library: 1996

Seller ID: 281640

ISBN: 0873281640

Condition: 448 pages, 6 x 9, 1 map, 7 line illustrations, Huntington Library


For most of their journey, travelers on the overland trail to California in the 1840s and 1850s were beyond the reach of the law and its enforcers, the police and the courts. Yet, not only did the law play a large role in life on the trail, it was a law hardly distinguishable from the one the emigrants had left behind. John Phillip Reid demonstrates how seriously overlanders regarded the rights of property and personal ownership when they went west as he explores their d... View more info

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Black Laws of Virginia

By: June Purcell Guild

Price: $18.00

Publisher: Heritage Books:

Seller ID: G0019

ISBN: 1888265191

Condition: (1936), 1996, index, 249 pp, Heritage Books


A clasic treatment of the laws that affected blacks in Virginia. It illustrates the importance of knowledge of the law in doing historical or genealogical research. "Black Laws of Virginia" was originally published in 1936 this book deals exclusively with the status of the Virginia Negro, bond and free, as tracted through the laws, resolutions and ordinances of the Virginia Assembly beginning with the earliest records and coming down to the present [1936], with t... View more info

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Women and the Law of Property in Early America

By: Marylynn Salmon.

Price: $23.95

Publisher: University of North Carolina Press: 1989

Seller ID: 842443

ISBN: 0807842443

Condition: 285 pages, paperback, University of North Carolina Press


In this first comprehensive study of women's property rights in early America, Marylynn Salmon discusses the effect of formal rules of law on women's lives. By focusing on such areas such as conveyancing, contracts, divorce, separate estates, and widows' provisions, Salmon presents a full picture of women's legal rights from 1750 to 1830.Salmon shows that the law assumes women would remain dependent and subservient after marriage. She documents the legal rights of wo... View more info

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The History of Ohio Law

By: Michael Les Benedict and John F. Winkler

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Ohio University Press / Swallow Press:

Seller ID: 415468

ISBN: 0821415468

Condition: 952 pages, 6 x 9 1/4, 952 pages • 2-volume boxed set, 6¹/8 × 9¼ in. • Hardcover, 2004, cloth, Ohio University Press / Swallow Press


History of Ohio Law is a complete sourcebook on the origin and development of Ohio law and its relationship to society. A model for work in this field, it is the starting point for any investigation of the subject.In the two-volume The History of Ohio Law, distinguished legal historians, practicing Ohio attorneys, and judges present the history of Ohio law and the interaction between law and society in the state. The first history of Ohio law in nearly seventy years-... View more info

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The Most Dangerous Branch: Slavery, the Courts and the Constitution

By: Randall C. Young

Price: $34.00

Publisher: Heritage Books:

Seller ID: Y3226

ISBN: 788432265

Condition: 2005, 5½x8½, paper, index, 362 pp, Heritage Books


A comprehensive history of the Federal jurisprudence of slavery, The Most Dangerous Branch offers a unique perspective on slavery as an American institution. This thorough review of all-but-forgotten pleas for freedom will challenge many popularly held beliefs about American history, including the meaning of the Constitution, the South's purported quest for states' rights, and the limits of modern judicial authority. It will also change how many people feel about the rol... View more info

CD: The Statutes at Large; Being a Collection of all the Laws of Virginia from the First Session of the Legislature, in the Year 1619. Volumes 1-13

By: William Waller Hening

Price: $49.95

Publisher: Heritage Books:

Seller ID: CD0878

ISBN: 1585498785

Condition: (1819-23), 2003, CD, Graphic Images, Adobe Acrobat, v5, PC and Mac, 8501 pp, Heritage Books


In 1795 the Virginia Legislature passed an act directing that all laws and clauses of laws, public or private, relating to lands, tenements, or hereditaments, within the commonwealth, passed since the first settlement of Virginia should be collected. These 13 volumes covering the years 1619-1792 were the result of this legislation. In addition to the text of the acts, Mr. Hening included a number of historical documents: ancient charters, extracts from the records of the... View more info