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...from the Preface
This is a new edition of what was Volume 3 in the first edition of the Bibliography. In that edition the period to 1800 took two volumes, whereas it is now covered by the one volume published in 1955. The new arrangement of the work as a whole is shown on the opposite page.
Unlike Volume 1 this book is arranged in alphabetical order of author, or title in the case of a series of reports, legal periodical, etc. Following the title comes the number of the latest edition where there has been more than one, and finally the dates of all the editions. Thus the edition number refers to the last date listed. Shortened titles have mostly been used in order to save space.
There is a certain amount of duplication with Volume 1. This has happened with one or other of two types of book. First, there is the book which was originally published before 1801 but which ran to later editions published after 1800. Secondly, there is the book which deals with the period both before and after 1800, such as a book on the historical development of the law or some branch of it.
We have tried to include every edition of every book of any importance published during the period. To keep within reasonable bounds, however, we have deliberately omitted large numbers of small books and pamphlets, too numerous to contemplate, and of no value now even to the historian or research student.
There are no doubt some unintentional omissions as well, and we would be very glad to be told of any titles considered worth including in supplements or subsequent editions. It will be noticed also that it has not always been possible to give the dates of all the editions. This is particularly so where a book started its life as a small guide and has increased in stature and importance with each edition. In such a case it is unlikely that any record was kept of the earlier editions.
The literature on International Law has probably increased at a relatively greater rate than that on any other subject. Many important books on the topic have been published abroad, and these have been included. Foreign books on English Law, or some aspect of it, or those thought to be of interest to English lawyers or students have also been included.
JOHN S. JAMES.