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Legal Publishing in Antebellum America

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  • Date Published: June 2010
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  • isbn: 9780511764233

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  • Legal Publishing in Antebellum America presents a history of the law book publishing and distribution industry in the United States. Part business history, part legal history, part history of information diffusion, M. H. Hoeflich shows how various developments in printing and bookbinding, the introduction of railroads, and the expansion of mail service contributed to the growth of the industry from an essentially local industry to a national industry. Furthermore, the book ties the spread of a particular approach to law, that is, the “scientific approach,” championed by Northeastern American jurists to the growth of law publishing and law book selling and shows that the two were critically intertwined.

    • A history of law book publishing and selling
    • Uses techniques from a number of specialist fields
    • Tracks the growth of the industry from local to national
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    Reviews & endorsements

    “This changes dramatically how we think about ‘the history of the book’ and legal history, both. Hoeflich brings unprecedented precision to how law books were made and distributed and how this affected legal knowledge. Most importantly,Legal Publishing in Antebellum America shows how we can get at this most difficult of problems: how did ideas remake America?” – Alfred Brophy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Law School

    “Very occasionally a book appears that is a real monument to learning. M. H. Hoeflich’s Legal Publishing in Antebellum America encompasses the study of law, business, history, books, and informational technology in one masterful narrative. Very few have the knowledge to write a book like this. Even fewer do it. We are all in M. H. Hoeflich’s debt.” – Daniel R. Coquillette, Boston College Law School

    "Many of the details Hoeflich provides will be of interest primarily to historians of the book. However, there are also details that will be more interesting to those concerned with the history of the bookish antebellum legal profession." -Kunal M. Parker, Th e Journal of American History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2010
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511764233
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. A bookish profession
    2. Birth of the law book trade
    3. Spreading the word: catalogues and cultivation
    4. Bidding for law books
    5. Risk, subscriptions, and status
    6. John Livingston, esq.: law bookseller as cultural entrepreneur
    7. Conclusion: selling the law in antebellum America.

  • Author

    M. H. Hoeflich, University of Kansas
    M. H. Hoeflich is Kane Professor of Law at University of Kansas. He is the author of Roman and Civil Law and the Development of Anglo-American Jurisprudence as well as articles in various journals, including the Journal of Legal History, American Journal of Legal History, Law and History Review, and Law Library Journal. Professor Hoeflich is also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and member of the American Law Institute.

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