To the knowledge of this reviewer, the relation between printers' wages and the development of the law has not yet been investigated. This problem is by no means so absurd as it may sound. The very principle of stare decisis presupposes the existence of the printing press, a high development of the art of indexing, a well-organized book trade and a price level under which reports and search books are accessible to the members of the legal profession. Treatises and other learned discussions cannot influence legal developments where printing costs are prohibitive. Yet, the extent to which a legal system is subjected to the critical discussion of textwriters is apt to exert a profound influence upon the methods and contents of the law itself.
MICHIGAN LEGAL STUDIES: A REVIEW,
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