It is possible to make a distinction between "law books" on the one hand, and "books about law" on the other. This distinction is "useful". A law book is "a work of legal doctrine". It consists of "law talk", that is to say, propositions of law. "The first duty of a law book is to state the law as it is, truly and accurately, and then the reason or principle for it as far as it is known". The "first requisite in a law-book is perfect accuracy". A "law book is supposed to state what the law is rather than what it is not". "One great desideratum in a law book is facility of reference".
- Abel, Richard L. (November 1973). "Law Books and Books about Law". Stanford Law Review. 26 (1): 175. JSTOR 1227916.
- Twining, William; Miers, David (1999). How to do Things with Rules (4th ed.). London, Edinburgh, Dublin: Butterworths. p. 422. ISBN 0-406-90408-1.
- Kent, James (1828). Commentaries on American Law. Vol. 3. New York: O. Halsted. p. 88 – via Google Books.
- Scotsman, quoted in James Campbell Irons; Robert Dundonald Melville, eds. (1903). Treatise on the Law of Arbitration in Scotland. Edinburgh: William Green & Sons. p. 622 – via Google Books.
- Law Book News. Vol. 2. St. Paul, Minnesota: West Publishing Company. 1896. p. 84 – via Google Books.
- "Review of New Books: A Practical Treatise on the Law of Trusts and Trustees". The Literary Gazette; and Journal of Belles Lettres, Arts, Sciences, &c. London (1042). p. 348, col 2. 1837 – via Google Books.
- Pagel, Scott B, ed. (1989). The Legal Bibliography: Tradition, Transitions and Trends. The Haworth Press. p. 1. ISBN 0 86656 932 4 – via Google Books.
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- Lawrence M Friedman and Stewart Macaulay (editors). Law and the Behavioural Sciences. Second Edition. Bobbs-Merill. 1977. Pages 21 to 26.
- Twining, William. Blackstone's Tower: The English Law School. The Hamlyn Lectures Forty-Sixth Series. Published under the auspices of the Hamlyn Trust. Sweet & Maxwell. Stevens & Sons. London. 1994. ISBN 0 421 53280 7. Chapters 1 and 5. Digitized copy from the University of Exeter.
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