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Legal history: England & common law tradition: Authorities

Electronic sources for texts of pre (20th works

There are some specialist databases collecting digitised versions of early legal works:

For the earliest centuries of printing , legal historians can benefit from general collections such as


OSCOLA (4th edition) classes the following as authorities in legal history, suggesting that they can cited using the following as standard abbreviations

Blackstone Commentaries .. Bl Comm
Bracton On the laws & customs ... Bracton
Brooke Graunde Abridgement Brooke Abr
Coke Commentary upon Littleton Co Litt
Coke Institutes Co Inst
Fitzherbert Graunde Abridgement Fitz Abr
Fitzherbert Novel Natura Brevium Fitz NB
Glanvill Treatise on the Laws & Customs... Glanvill
Hale History of the Pleas of the Crown Hale PC
Hawkins Treatise on the Pleas of the Crown Hawk PC

Early works available on the free web

Blackstone's Commentaries