July, 2010




Dear Member,


            Once again it is time for us to request payment of your annual dues. The dues for 2010 remain $65.00 for individuals and $90.00 for institutions.

            Your prompt payment will be very much appreciated. If you are paying with a check that does not contain your name, could you please write your name on it or include your name on a separate piece of paper within the envelope? (Institutions should include a copy of the invoice form.) This will save us much time here. It also seems to help to prevent checks from going astray if you use the full mailing address: Selden Society, c/o Prof. Charles Donahue, Harvard Law School, 1575 Massachuesetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138.

            The volume for 2009 (vol. 126), Professor David Millon's Select Ecclesiastical Cases from the King's Courts, 1272-1307, has been delayed in the press. We now have assurances that it will be issued later in the summer and will be sent all members whom we have recorded as having paid their 2009 dues.

            The volume for 2010 (vol. 127), for which you are now paying your dues, will be Professor R. H. Helmholz's Three Civilian Notebooks 1580-1640. It presents the contents of notebooks by Sir Julius Caesar († 1636), Dr Thomas Eden († 1645), and William Colman (whose biographical details are not readily available). These will enable us to see how arguments were framed and authorities marshalled in the English church courts of the early modern period. They are the earliest reports of their kind to be printed.

            The volume for 2011 (vol. 128) is scheduled to be Professor Margaret McGlynn's Common laywers and the Church: Readings on Magna Carta , c. 1. This volume will allow us to see the church courts from the point of view of the inns of court.

            Other imminent volumes in the main series are Mr. Nicholas le Poidevin’s edition of the reports of John Bryt (a named Year Book reporter of the early fifteenth century), Professor Phillipp Schofield’s edition of a selection of personal actions in manorial courts (c. 1250 to c. 1350), and Professor Margaret McGlynn’s collection of readings on the liberties of the church, including that of Edward Hall. Further along in the pipeline are a proposed edition of William Staunford’s Plees del Coron (1557) and an edition of the papers of Sir Matthew Hale’s law reform commission of the 1550’s.

            Volume 16 in the Supplementary Series, the Legal Manuscripts Formerly in the Collection of Sir Thomas Phillipps, Bart., compiled by the Literary Director, appeared last year. A full description of the volume was included with the shipment of Irish Exchequer Reports (vol. 125 of the regular series). (The description is also available “online”.) The volume is available to members at a concessional rate of $70.00, post free if payment accompanies your order. Once more, we will handle U.S. dollar orders from this office.

            Volume 17 in the Supplementary Series, King’s Bench and Common Bench in the Reign of Henry III, will be available later this year. Members who have requested invoices for Supplementary Series volumes will receive one when it appears.

            Access to the Society's Publications on the Internet. All Selden volumes, except for those for the last seven years, are available through HeinOnline. They are in a special section of the database together with a “legal classics library,” which contains a large number of early treatises, reports, abrdgements, digests, etc. Individual members of the Soicety are entitled to free access. This will be by password, renewable annually. If you are interested in having the password (and have paid your annual dues) send an email to Jane Reader. She will email you back the password.

            Reprints of Selden Volumes. The main series of Selden volumes is entirely in print. Volumes 1–99 have been reprinted by W. S. Hein & Co., Inc., 1285 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14209–1987 (phone: [800]828–7571; FAX: [716]883–8100; email; website). The cost is $95 per volume, with a twenty percent discount for Selden members, plus dispatch costs. Volume 100 and forward can, as before, be obtained from the Secretary, Victor Tunkel, Selden Society, Faculty of Laws, Queen Mary and Westfield College, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS, U.K. (phone: 44 20 7882 5136; FAX: 44 20 8981 8733; email).

            In 2004, Hein, with the Society’s permission, issued a volume reproducing the whole of the Society’s lecture series from 1952–2001. The volume has over 700 pages and is case bound in maroon cloth similar to that of the Supplementary Series. Many of the past lectures have been out of print for some years, and the Council hope that members and especially libraries will want to complete their holdings. The volume is offered to members at a special price of $120 inclusive of all dispatch costs.

            Hein has also reprinted the four volumes of Professor Thorne’s edition of Bracton on the Laws and Customs of England. The price is $395, with a discount to Selden members of twenty percent, plus dispatch costs. Simultaneously, the Ames Foundation, the Harvard Law School Library, and the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell Law School have produced a fully-searchable “on-line” version of both the Latin and the English text of Bracton. It is available on the “world-wide web”.

            The Ames Foundation, which, as many Selden members know, is an organization similar to Selden, though its publications are more irregular, has recently entered into a distribution agreement with Hein & Co. Hein has the stock of Ames back volumes and has reprinted those volumes that are out of print. Hein has also agreed to give discounts on Ames volumes to Selden members similar to those that Ames has offered in the past. The Ames Foundation volumes are available on HeinOnline and can be accessed with the same password as that which gives you access to Selden volumes.

            Web Pages.We call your attention to the “web page” for the Selden Society. This contains a complete list of Selden publications and other information that we hope will be useful. It is available on the “world-wide web.” Links may found on this page to Selden’s London web page. A similar “web page” for the Ames Foundation is also available.


                                                                              Yours sincerely,


                                                                              Charles Donahue, Jr.

                                                                              David Warrington




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