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This appendix is part of an incomplete bibliography of English Law. This page is an index of legal topics. There is also an index of authors.

Bibliographies and other works containing bibliographic information[edit]

  • Pagel, Scott B (Editor). The Legal Bibliography: Tradition, Transitions and Trends. The Haworth Press. 1989. ISBN 0-86656-932-4. Google Books.
  • Winfield, Percy H. "Some Bibliographical Difficulties of English Law" (1914) 30 LQR 190.
  • Winfield, Percy H. "The Chief Sources of English Legal History", Harvard University Press, 1925
  • Hoffman, David. A Course of Legal Study: Addressed to Students and the Profession Generally. Second Edition. Joseph Neal. Baltimore. 1836. Volume 2. Google books
  • Friend, William Lawrence. Anglo-American Legal Bibliographies: An Annotated Guide. United States Government Printing Office. Washington DC. 1944.
  • Bridgman. A Short View of Legal Bibliography. 1807.
  • Worall. Bibliotheca legum Angliae. 1756. (Part II by Edward Brooke, 1788).
  • Reed. Bibliotheca nova legum Angliae. 1809.
  • Clarke's Bibliotheca Legum. 1810. 1815. 1819. 1835.
  • "Of Books of Reports, and Treatises on English". Kent's Commentaries. Volume 1. Pages 471 to 514.
  • Gibbs Judicial Chronicle.
  • Brunner's Sources of English Law.
  • Maitland's Materials for the History of English Law
  • Soule's Year Book Bibliography [1]
  • Thomas Ashe's Promptuary
  • The list of texts at the front of Pollock and Maitland's History of English Law
  • Reeve's History of English Law
  • The appendices to the reports of the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts
  • Scargill-Bird's Guide to the Public Records
  • Jenk's Sources of Medieval European Law
  • Soule, C C. The Lawyer's Reference Manual of Law Books and Citations. 1883 [2] [3] [4]. 1884 [5]. Abbreviations used in law books.
  • Cowley, J D. Bibliography of Abridgments, Digests, Indexes and Dictionaries of English Law to the Year 1800. Selden Society. 1932.
  • Beale. Bibliography of Early English Law Books. 1926. Supplement: 1943.
  • Bowker's Law Books & Serials in Print.
  • International Legal Books in Print
  • Logan. Information Sources in Law. 1986. Winterton and Moys. Second Edition. 1997.
  • Ringrose, C W. Where to Look for Your Law. 14th ed. Sweet & Maxwell. London. 1962.
  • A Bibliographical Guide to the Law of the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man
  • Law Books in Print
  • Law Books Published
  • How to Use a Law Library
  • Clinch, Using a Law Library: A Students Guide to Legal Research Skills
  • Holborn, Legal Research Guide
  • Legal Resources at Oxford University
  • John A Alford and Dennis P Seniff. Literature and Law in the Middle Ages: A Bibliography of Scholarship. Volume 378 of the Garland Reference Library of the Humanities. Garland Publishing Inc. London and New York. 1984. ISBN 0 8240 9211 2.
  • Shapiro, "The Most‐Cited Legal Books Published since 1978" (2000) 29 The Journal of Legal Studies 397 [6]
  • Hendrickson. Practitioners' Manual of Legal Bibliography. 1910. [7]
  • Hicks. Aids to the Study and Use of Law Books. 1913. [8] [9] [10]
  • Maxwell and Brown. A Complete List of British and Colonial Law Reports and Legal Periodicals. Third Edition. 1937. Reprint. 1913 edition.
  • Eugene M Wypyski. Legal Periodicals in English. Glanville Publishers. 1976 onwards. [11]
  • Georgetown Law Library. Research Guides.
  • Beem. An Introduction to Legal Bibliography for the Non- Professional Student. 1960. [12]
  • Borchard. Guide to the Law and Legal Literature of Germany. 1912. [13]
  • Palmer. Guide to the Law and Legal Literature of Spain. 1915. [14]
  • Borchard. Guide to the Law and Legal Literature of Argentina, Brazil and Chile. 1917. [15]
  • Chipman. An Index to Legal Periodical Literature. Boston. 1919. Vol 2. Vol 3: [16] [17]

Law library catalogues

  • Catalogue of the Library of the Inner Temple. 1806. 1821. 1833. 1843.
  • Catalogue of the Library of Gray's Inn. Edition: 1872. Supplements: 1874, 1878, 1888, 1906.
  • Catalogue of the Library of Lincoln's Inn. 1835. 1859.
  • Catalogue of the Library of the College of Advocates in Doctors' Commons. London. 1818. 1827. 1848. 1856. 1858. 1861.
  • Catalogue of the Library of the Law Society. Editions: 1841, 1851, 1869, 1891, 1906. Supplements: 1894, 1898.
  • A Catalogue of the Law Books in the Advocates Library. 1831. [18]
  • Catalogue of the Library of the Law School of Harvard University. 1909.

Bookseller's catalogues

  • Stevens and Sons. A Catalogue of Modern Law Books. 1848 [19]. 1864 [20]. No 9: 1869 [21]. No 11: 1871 [22]
  • Butterworths General Catalogue of Law Books. 1850. [23]
  • Maxwell's Catalogue of Law Books. 1826. [24]

Periodicals about law librarianship and legal bibliography

  • Law Library Journal (1908 onwards) AALL
  • The Law Librarian (1970 onwards) BIALL
  • Canadian Law Libraries (1990 onwards)
  • Legal Reference Services Quarterly (1981 onwards)
  • International Journal of Legal Information (1982 onwards)
  • Legal Bibliography (1881 to 1913)
  • Law Book News (2 volumes, January 1894 to December 1895) West. V1 V2. Review: 3 Michigan Law Journal 78
  • New York Law Book News (1926)
  • Legal Literature (1899 to 1911) London, 22 issues
  • Law Book News (October 1888 to November 1890) Philadelphia, 4 issues

Works containing discussion of the contents, merits, etc., of some or all of the publications they list

Catalogues, etc., which do not provide commentary on the publications they list


See w:List of encyclopedias by branch of knowledge#Law and w:Category:Encyclopedias of law. General encyclopedias may be relevant; see w:List of encyclopedias.


See w:Law dictionary and w:Category:Law dictionaries


See q:Category:Law and government

  • Norton-Kyshe. The Dictionary of Legal Quotations. 1904.
  • McNamara. Ragbag of Legal Quotations. Review: [25]
  • Cook. A Treasury of Legal Quotations. Review: [26]
  • James and Stebbings. A Dictionary of Legal Quotations. Review: [27]
  • Shapiro. The Oxford Dictionary of American Legal Quotations. Reviews: [28] [29]


See w:Law review and w:List of law journals


  • Canadian Bar Review
  • Canadian Law Times (1881-1922)


  • Legal News (1878-1897)

South Africa

  • South African Law Journal (vols 1 to 17 from 1885 to 1900 are called 'Cape Law Journal')


  • Australian Law Times and Notes of Cases (1879-1928)
  • Victorian Law Times and Legal Observer (1856)

Sources of law[edit]


Collections of statutes; tables and idexes

  • The "Alphabetical Table of Statutes" (from 1707 onwards) in certain volumes of Current Law Statutes
  • Blackstone's Statutes (formerly Blackstone's Statute Books)
  • Routledge Student Statutes
  • Butterworth's Handbooks
  • Butterworth's Twentieth Century Statutes (continuation of Butterworth's Statutes) - 30 LQR 248
  • Chitty's Statutes of Practical Utility - 30 LQR 118
  • Keen, Local Legislation, 1913 - 30 LQR 514

Many law books contain a table of statutes referred to in the volume.

Google Books and Internet Archive

Public Bills

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Other works

  • Bennion. Statute Law.
  • Bennion. Statutory Interpretation.
  • Miers and Page. Legislation.
  • Craies on Statute Law. 1911. (formerly Hardcastle on Statutory Law). 1892. Now Craies on Legislation.
  • Maxwell on Statutes
  • Cross on Statutory Interpretation
  • The Law Commission. The Interpretation of Statutes. Law Com 21. 1969.
  • Ilbert. Legislative Methods and Forms. Oxford. 1901.
  • Evans. Statutory Interpretation.
  • Dale. Legislative Drafting: A New Approach.

Law reports[edit]

See w:Case citation, w:Nominate reports and w:Law report

Citators, digests, lists of cases

  • Current Law Citator
  • The Digest (formerly the English and Empire Digest)
  • Mew's Digest

Many law books contain a table of cases referred to in the volume.

Criminal law[edit]


Offences against the person

  • Fourteenth Report of the Criminal Law Revision Committee

Offences against property

  • Eighth and Thirteenth Reports of the Criminal Law Revision Committee
  • Griew, The Theft Acts 1968 and 1978

Sexual offences

  • Fifthteenth Report of the Criminal Law Revision Committee
  • Rook and Ward on Sexual Offences


  • Clerk and Lindsell on Torts
  • Winfield and Jolowicz on Tort



  • Chitty on Contracts


  • Snell's Principles of Equity
  • De Smith's Judicial Review of Administrative Action
  • Fordham's Handbook of Judicial Review

Land law[edit]

  • Megarry and Wade. The Law of Real Property


  • Inns of Court School of Law. Drafting. Fifth Edition. Blackstone Press. 2000. ISBN 1841740624.
  • Inns of Court School of Law. Opinion Writing. Fifth Edition. Blackstone Press. 2000. ISBN 1841740632.


See w:Legal biography

  • Debretts' House of Commons and Judicial Bench
  • Men at the Bar
  • Lives of Eminent Serjeants-at-law of the English Bar, 1869, vols 1 and 2. Contains biographies of 58 serjeants-at-law. Google Books:
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  • Other biographical sources for lawyers. The Inner Temple

External links[edit]

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