Very Good. 8vo 8"-9" tall 422 pages; Clean and tight in original brick coloured cloth binding with gilt lettering at spine (gilt is dulled). This is the 1923 printing from the 1881 plates of Holmes' classic work on the Common Law. Holmes served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1902 to 1932, and as Acting Chief Justice of the United States January–February 1930. Particularly revered for his concise and pithy opinions and his deference to the decisions of elected legislatures, Holmes is one of the most influential American common law judges. "The Common Law has been continuously in print since 1881, and remains an important contribution to jurisprudence. The book also remains controversial, for Holmes begins by rejecting various kinds of formalism in law. In his earlier writings he had expressly denied the utilitarian view that law was a set of commands of the sovereign, rules of conduct that became legal duties. He rejected as well the views of the German idealist philosophers, whose views were then widely held, and the philosophy taught at Harvard, that the opinions of judges could be harmonized in purely logical system."; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings.
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