June, 2011

 

 

 

Dear Member,

 

            Once again it is time for us to request payment of your annual dues. The dues for 2011 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 2010 (vol. 127), Professor R. H. Helmholz's Three Civilian Notebooks 1580-1640, has been delayed in the press. We hope to mail it to members who have paid their 2010 dues over the course of the summer. 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), for which you are now paying your dues, is Professor Margaret McGlynn's Common laywers and the Church: Readings on Magna Carta , c. 1. This is an edition of Edward Hall's reading in Gray's Inn on the statute of Henry IV confirming the first chapter of Magna Carta ('We have granted . . . that the Church of England shall be free and shall have all her entire rights and liberties inviolate'), together with some other early-Tudor readings on the same subject. 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 17 in the Supplementary Series, King’s Bench and Common Bench in the Reign of Henry III, appeared last year. A full description of the volume was included with the shipment of Select Ecclesiastical Cases from the King's Courts (vol. 127 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. We will handle U.S. dollar orders from this office.

            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 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.

            In collaboration with the Southampton Records Series the Ames Foundation will be publishing this summer The Common and Piepowder courts of Southampton, 1426-1483, edited by Tom Olding with an introduction by the editor and Penny Tucker. The edition is in English translation; images of the court books edited here will available on the Ames web site. Information about ordering the book will be posted on the that site, when the book is published.

            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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