First Edition of Halsbury’s Laws of England Digitized

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By Alan Kilpatrick

The first edition of Halsbury’s Laws of England has been digitized and made freely available by the University of Toronto Robarts Library. Halsbury’s Laws of England, a comprehensive and popular legal encyclopedia covering all areas of English law, has been published for over a century and is currently in its fifth edition.

For some, the first edition of Halsburys constitutes a benchmark for Canadian and Saskatchewan law. Fortunately, you can now access the first edition of this seminal encyclopedia, originally published from 1907 to 1917 across 31 volumes, right on your desktop.

You can find an online index to all 31 digitized volumes here. Links to each volume can be found below:

Volume 1: Action to Bankers and Banking

Volume 2: Bankruptcy to Bills of Exchange

Volume 3: Bills of Sales to Burial and Cremation

Volume 4: Carriers to Commons

Volume 5: Companies

Volume 6: Compulsory Purchase of Land to Constitutional Law

Volume 7: Constitutional Law to Contract

Volume 8: Copyholds to County Courts

Volume 9: Courts to Criminal Law

Volume 10: Crown Practice to Dependencies and Colonies

Volume 11: Descent and Distribution to Ecclesiastical Law

Volume 12: Education to Electric Lighting

Volume 13: Equity to Evidence

Volume 14: Execution to Fisheries

Volume 15: Food and Drugs to Guarantee

Volume 16: Highways to Income Tax

Volume 17: Industrial, Provident, and Similar Societies to Interpleader

Volume 18: Intoxicating Liquors to Libels and Slander

Volume 19: Lien to Malicious Prosecution and Procedure

Volume 20: Markets and Fairs to Misrepresentation and Fraud

Volume 21: Mistake to Partition

Volume 22: Partnership to Post Office

Volume 23: Powers to Railways and Canals

Volume 24: Rates and Rating to Revenue

Volume 25: Royal Forces to Sheriffs and Bailiffs

Volume 26: Shipping and Navigation to Solicitors

Volume 27: Specific Performance to Trover and Detinue

Volume 28: Trusts and Trustees to Work and Labour

Volume 29: Consolidated Table of Cases

Volume 30: General Index A-L

Volume 31: General Index M to Z

In the introduction to the first edition, the Right Honourable Earl of Halsbury, Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain, explained that,

“The result is not a mere encyclopedia, it is not a mere collection of cases, but a number of treatises composed by learned lawyers, supported by the decisions of the great judges who have from time to time adorned the English Bench; and it is hoped that when finished the work will finish a complete statement of the Laws of England.”

We encourage you to check it out!

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