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Selden Society

The Selden Society is an association of legal historians that publishes scholarly works on the Legal History of England. It was founded in 1886 by English legal professionals and scholars, including the renowned historian Frederic William Maitland. Named for the revered seventeenth-century legal historian John Selden, the Selden Society exists to encourage the study and advance the knowledge of the history of English Law. Selden Society members include legal historians, lawyers, and law librarians, primarily from English-speaking countries.The principal activity of the Selden Society is the publication of an annual series on the history of English law. This series is of considerable value to courts in countries with legal systems that have borrowed heavily from the English legal system. The Selden Society also publishes books about various legal topics and holds lectures and symposiums about historical topics of legal significance.

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16) Many volumes of primary material were edited by Maitland with exemplary skill and then published handsomely by the Selden Society that he founded; and by this careful scholarship he established legal history as a scientific discipline in the common-law world--thus meeting the challenge he had set out in his inaugural Cambridge lecture, 'Why the History of English Law is Not Written'.
Maitland hints at how precious the voluntary forms are felt to be when he reveals that his beloved Selden Society (78) takes associational, not corporate form, even though this raised a difficult question as to who owns the copyright of its publications: 'the council of the society--all of them lawyers, and some of them very distinguished lawyers--referred the old plan: preferred trustees'.
15) Frederic William Maitland (ed), Bracton's Notebook: A Collection of Cases Decided in the King's Courts during the Reign of Henry III, annotated by a Lawyer of that Time, seemingly Henry of Bratton (3 vols, Cambridge University Press, 1887); Selected Passages from the Works of Bracton and Azo (vol 8, Selden Society, 1895).
His scholarship is characterised by its use of unpublished and manuscript material, evidenced in his role as editor of four volumes of the Law Reports for the Selden Society.
Year Books of Edward II, xxv, Selden Society lxxxi (1964), 12; Calendar of Patent Rolls 1321-1324, 54, 57, 151-2, 169-71; on MS Ee.