These admirable lectures upon the Philosophy of Law are not given to the public for the first time in the present volume. Originally delivered before the Juridical Society of Edinburgh, in November, 1871, they were published in the Journal of Jurisprudence in the four first months of the current year. From thence they passed, by appropriation, it is presumed, into the pages of the Journal of Speculative Philosophy, an American periodical, and are at the present time, we have reason to believe, being reprinted in book form in St. Louis, Missouri. Now we might conclude that lectures which were worth all that delivering, printing, and reprinting, had certainly some value. But demand is not always a good criterion of merit in literature; nay, so little is it so, that it is frequently the most worthless books that have the largest sales, and those which have fewest merits have the most readers. When such is the rule, it is a matter for congratulation to find such a noteworthy exception as that which is before us. It is satisfactory to find one work which is really valuable highly thought of, to find that a book which is in every way admirable has a real marketable value, and has found favour in the eyes of publishers both in this country and in America.
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