• Colonial Law Library

    Books owned by Bombay Solicitors’ Firm

    Wadia Ghandy & Co. circa 1911

    Overview: This list gives us a sense of what books lawyers and judges would have been using in the early twentieth century in British India. It identifies the leading legal treatises in all areas of colonial Indian law, and particularly in Bombay Presidency. I have added headings where books are clustered thematically, but the organizational principle of the list is not always clear or consistent.

    Source: Ardeshir Jamshedji Chanji Mistry, Reminiscences of the Office of Messrs Wadia Ghandy & Co. Specially written for presentation to Framji Rustomji Wadia On his completing 25 years’ practice as an Attorney of the High Court Bombay by his clerk Ardeshir Jamshedji Chanji Mistry (Bombay: Commercial Reporter’s Press, Fort and the “Echo” Press, Girgaum, [1911]), pp. 92-111.

    Acknowledgments: Wadia Ghandy and Co. continues to operate as a solicitors’ firm today in Mumbai. I am grateful to the firm for allowing me to consult its copy of Mistry’s Reminiscences, which is a published source.

    List No.22: Catalogue of Office Library

    [Tort, Contract, Trust, Company, Land, Inheritance and other types of Civil Law]

    • Folkard on Slander and Libel, 6th ed., 1897
    • Odgers on Libel and Slander, 4th ed., 1905
    • Odgers on Outline of Law of Libel 1897
    • Pollock on Torts 5th ed., 1897
    • Ratanlal and Dhirajlal on Torts English and Indian 2nd ed., 1903
    • Clerk and Lindsell on Torts 5th ed., 1909
    • Alexander on Indian Case Law on Torts 4th ed., 1900
    • Underhill on a summary of Law on Torts 6th ed., 1894
    • Addition on Torts 6th ed., 1887
    • Mayne on Damages 8th ed., 1909
    • Garrett on Nuisance 1890
    • Fletcher on valuations and compensations 1893
    • Browne on compensation 2nd ed., 1903
    • Hurdson on compensation Vol.1 1905
    • Hurdson on compensation Vol.2
    • Morgan and Wurtzburg on costs, 2nd ed., 1882
    • Scott on costs 11th ed., 1907, vols.1-2
    • Poley on solicitors 1897
    • Cordery on solicitors 2nd ed., 1888
    • Addison on contract 9th ed., 1892
    • Leake on contract 4th ed., 1902
    • Chitty on contract 15th ed., 1909
    • Pallock on contract 7th ed., 1902
    • Cunningham and Shephard on Contract 10th ed., 1908
    • Indian Contract Act Pollock and Mulla 2nd ed., 1909
    • Blackburn on contracts of sale 3rd ed., 1910
    • Bowstead on agency 3rd ed., 1907
    • Fry on specific performance 3rd ed., 1892
    • Rawlins on specific performance 1899
    • May on Fraudulent and voluntary Disposition of property 2nd ed., 1887
    • Kerr on Fraud and Mistake 3rd ed., 1902
    • Pollock on Fraud misrepresentation and mistake in India 1894
    • Lindley on partnership 7th ed., 1905
    • Lindley Limited Partnership Act 1907-9
    • Pollock on partnership 6th ed., 1895
    • Woodfall on Landlord and Tenant 16th ed., 1898
    • Swan on quiet enjoyment and title in respect of Landlord and Tenant 1908
    • Smith on Master and Servant 6th ed., 1906
    • Carvers on Carriage by sea 2nd ed., 1891
    • Macnamara on Carriers by land 2nd ed., 1908
    • Hukm Chand on consent 1897
    • Trevelyan on minors 1897
    • Simpson on Infants 2nd ed., 1890
    • Woodroffe on Receivers 1903
    • Kerr on Receivers 5th ed.,  1905
    • Keer on Injunction 5th ed.,  1905
    • Woodroffe on injunction 1900
    • Kerr on Discovery 1870
    • Bray on Discovery 1885
    • Tudor on Charities and Mortmain 4th ed., 1906
    • Ganapathi Iyer on Hindu and Mohamed[an] religious endowments 1905
    • Lewins on Trusts 11th ed., 1904
    • Underhill on Trusts 4th ed., 1894
    • Agnew on Trusts 1882
    • Griffiths on Indian Trust Act, 1882-8
    • Estoppel by matter of record in India by Broughton
    • Sebastian on Trade-mark 3rd ed., 1890
    • Rattigan on Divorce in India 1897
    • Browne and Powles on Divorce Law and practice 7th ed., 1905
    • Maxwell on Interpretation of Statutes 2nd ed., 1883
    • Tayler on Evidence 9th ed., 1895, 2 vols
    • Ameer Ali and Woodroffe on evidence in India 3rd ed., 1905
    • Roscoe on Nisi Prius Evidence 18th ed., 1907, 2 vols.
    • Field on Evidence 6th ed., 1907
    • Markby on evidence 1897
    • Cummingham on evidence 6th ed., 1886
    • Smiths Real and Personal Property 1877, 2 vols.
    • Williams on real property, 18th ed.,, 1896
    • Williams on personal property 14th ed., 1894
    • Goodeve on Personal property 3rd ed., 1899
    • Collett on Specific Relief Act 3rd ed., 1902
    • Snell’s Equity 12th ed., 1898
    • Russell on Arbitration and Award 9th ed., 1906
    • Banerjee on Arbitration in India (2 copies)
    • Scott and Robertson on Bombay Municipal Act 1888, pub.1890
    • Bombay Municipality By-laws
    • Laldas Presidency Small Cause Court Act 1882 (1898)
    • Grimley Income Tax Act 1886 (1887)
    • Ghosh Registration Act 1877 (1888)
    • Desai Registration Act 1877 (1896)
    • Henderson on Testamentary Succession in India 2nd ed., 1897 (2 copies)
    • Shepeard and Brown Transfer of Property Act 1882 6th ed., (1907)
    • Desai on Transfer of Property Act
    • Gour on Transfer of Property Act 1st ed., 1901
    • Same, 3rd ed., 1907-9, 2 vols.
    • Starling on Indian Limitation Act 1877 4th ed., 1900
    • Rivarz on Indian Limitation Act 1877 4th ed., 1894
    • Mitra on Indian Limitation Act 1877 (1908)
    • Desai on Limitation Act 1908 2nd ed., 1909
    • Sanjiva Row on Indian Limitation Act 1908 (1909)
    • Murzban on Indian Stamp Act 1899 (1899)
    • Desai on Stamp Act 1899 (1899)
    • Donogh on Stamp Act 1879 (1886)
    • Peacock on Easements in India
    • Gale on Easements 6th ed., (1888)
    • Desai on Indian Easement Act 1882 (1903) (2 copies)
    • Michell on Easements in India (1891)
    • Sirkar on Land Acquisition Act 1885 and 1894 (1908)
    • Beverley on Land Acquisition Acts 1885 and 1894 (1901)
    • Williams on Vendors and Purchasers 1903, 2 vols
    • Seaborne on Vendor and Purchaser 5th ed., 1901
    • Dart on Vendor and Purchaser 7th ed., 1905, 2 vols
    • Benjamin on sales 5th ed., 1906
    • Ghose on mortgage in India 3rd ed., 1902
    • Coote on mortgage 7th ed., 1904, 2 vols.
    • Fisher on mortgage 7th ed., 1904
    • Macherson on mortgage 7th ed., 1885 in India
    • Butterworth on Bankers Advanced on mercantile securities 1902
    • Chitty on banks on exchange 11th ed., 1878
    • Chalmers on Bills of Exchange 7th ed., 1909
    • Scrutton on charter parties and Bills of Lading 4th ed.,1899
    • Byles on Bills 15th ed., 1891
    • Chalmer’s negotiable instruments 2nd ed., 1891
    • Watson on cheques 2nd ed., 1902
    • Griffith on insolvency in India 1894
    • Mitra on Indian Insolvent Act 11 and 12 Victoria Chap. 21 1905
    • Robson on Bankruptcy 6th ed., 1887
    • Yate-Lee on Bankruptcy and Bills of Sale 3rd ed., 1891
    • White and Tudor Leading Cases in Equity 7th ed., 1897, 2 vols.
    • Smith’s leading cases 10th ed., 1898, 2 vols.
    • Brett leading cases in modern equity 1887
    • Indermaur leading conveyancing and equity cases 3rd ed., 1877
    • Seton on judgments and orders 6th ed., 1901, 3 vols.
    • Daniell Chancery Forms 4th ed., 1885
    • Bullen and Leake’s Precedents of Pleadings 6th ed., 1905
    • Wilson’s practice of Supreme Court of Judicature 7th ed., 1888
    • Daniell Chancery practice 6th ed., 1882, 3 vols. (Vol.I, II Part I, II Part II)
    • Tristram and Coote’s Probate Practice 14th ed., 1906
    • Williams and Bruce Admiralty Practice 3rd ed., 1902
    • Smiths Mercantile Law 11th ed., 1905 2 vols.
    • Stevens on Stowage 5th ed., 1869
    • Hough Precedents in Military Law 1855
    • Rules for guidance of Court Martial in the Bombay Army 1858
    • Pipon’s Manual of Military Law 3rd ed., 1863
    • Arnould on Marine Insurance 7th ed., 1901, 2 vols.
    • Theobald on Wills 4th ed., 1895
    • Jarman on Wills 5th ed., 1893, 2 vols.
    • Phillips and Trevelyan on Hindu Wills 1901
    • Underhill and Strahan Interpretation of Wills and settlements 2nd ed., 1906
    • Hawkins on construction of wills 1863
    • William on executors and adminsitrators 10th ed., 1905
    • O’Kinealy and Rampini on Civil Procedure Code of 1908 (1909), 2 vols.
    • Woodroofe and Ameer Ali Civil Procedure Code 1908 (1909)
    • Remfry Interlined Code of Civil Procedure 1908 (1909)
    • Desai Code of Civil Procedure 1908 (1909)
    • Coopooswami Naicker Code of Civil Procedure 1908
    • Visvanatha Sastri Code of Civil Procedure 1908
    • Chaster on Public Officers 1909
    • Pratt’s Friendly Societies 14th ed., 1909
    • Baden Powell on Land systems of British India 1st ed., 1892, 3 vols.
    • Ilbert on the Government of India 2nd ed., 1907 (2 copies)
    • Desai on Land Tenures Bombay 1907
    • Baden Powell on Land Revenue in British India 2nd ed., 1907
    • Warden’s Report on the landed tenures of Bombay 1861
    • Markby Lectures on Indian Law 1873
    • Brougham on the British Constitution 1861
    • Baillie on Land Tax of India according to Mahomedan Law 1853
    • Character of Land tenures in Bombay Presidency (Govt) 1908
    • Tapp on Maintenance and Champerty 1861
    • Welsby on Coroners 3rd ed., 1866
    • Indermour on Common Law
    • Purki’s Students guide to intermediate examination 10th ed., 1878
    • Currie Indian Law examination Manual 2nd ed., 1880
    • Hallilays Articled clerk’s handbook 4th ed., 1873
    • Purki’s students guide to Bankruptcy 4th ed., 1877

    [Conveyancing]

    • Davidson Precedents and forms in Conveyancing 3rd ed., 1860, 5 vols
    • Davidson Recitals
    • Martins Conveyancing 1844, 5 vols
    • Greenwood on Conveyancing 8th ed., 1891
    • Kelly’s Draftsman 5th ed., 1906
    • Norton on deeds 1906
    • Hayes and Jarman concise forms of wills 10th ed., 1893
    • Moore’s Practical forms of Agreements 4th ed., 1896
    • Bythewood and Jarman on conveyancing 4th ed., 1884, 7 volumes plus supplement
    • Key and Elphinstone on conveyancing 9th ed., 1909, 2 vols
    • Prideaux on conveyancing 8th ed., 1876
    • Encyclopedia of Forms and precedents by Underbill 1902, 17 vols

    [More Company Law]

    • Chadwyck-Healey on Company 3rd ed., 1894
    • Lindley on Companys [sic] 6th ed., 1902, 2 vols.
    • Buckley on Companys [sic] 9th ed., 1909
    • Palmer on Companies 7th ed., 1898
    • Palmer on Precedents Part I
    • Palmer on Winding up Part II 6th ed., 1896
    • Palmer on Debentures Part III 10th ed., 1907
    • Emden Winding up of Companies and reconstruction 8th ed., 1909
    • Palmer shareholders, directors and voluntary liquidators legal companion 17th ed., 1897
    • Blockwell Law of meetings 2nd ed., 1899
    • Chamber Handbook for Public meetings 3rd ed., 1873
    • Smith Handbook for Public Meetings 3rd ed., 1873
    • Bayley the Directors and Managers and Liquidators Handbook 1901

    [Legislation and Law Reports]

    • Moore’s Indian Appeals: 1836-72
    • Bengal Law Reports (by Lawrance): 1868-75
    • Acts of the Legislative Council of India (by W. Theobald): 1834-65
    • Unrepealed Acts of the Supreme Council 3rd 1893 by D. E. Cranenburgh: 1834-93
    • Legislative Acts of the Governor-General of India in Council by Thacker Spink & Co.: 1894-1906; Acts passed by the Governor-General of India in Council (Govt Ed.): 1907-9.
    • Bombay Acts and Regulations by Jamietram and Setalvad 1894: 1834-94

    [Other bodies of law]

    • Brights on Husband and Wife 1849, 2 vols
    • Sugden on Powers 1845, 2 vols.
    • Millars English Government 1812, 4 vols.
    • Westlake Private International Law or the Conflict of Laws 1858
    • Macpherson’s Practice of Privy Council 1860
    • Central Provinces Tenancy Act 9 of 1883 by M. B. Dadabhoy 1893
    • Parsee Law by S. S. Bengalee 1868: Parsee Marriage and Divorce Act 15 of 1865, Parsee Chattels Real Act 9 of 1837, Parsee Succession Act 21 of 1865
    • Parsee Law by F. A. Rana 1902

    [Hindu Law]

    • Mayne on Hindu Law and Usage 7th 1906
    • Trevelyan Hindu Family Law 1908
    • Steele on Law and Custom of Hindoo Castes 1868
    • Grady on Hindoo Law of inheritance 1868
    • West and Buhler on Hindu Law of Inheritance Partition and Adoption 3rd ed., 1884, 2 vols
    • Stokes on Hindu Law Books The Vyayahara Mayukha, Daya Bhoga, Mittakshara, Dattaka Mimansa, Dattaka Chandrika 1865
    • Mulla on Jurisdiction of Courts in matters relating to the rights and powers of Castes 1901
    • Rana’s Epitome of Hindu Law 1894
    • Mandlik Hindu Law or Mayukha Vajnavalkya 1880
    • The Mahabharata by M. N. Dutt 1901

    [Anglo-Mahomedan or -Islamic Law]

    • Wilson on Anglo-Muhammadan Law 1895
    • Macnaghten on Moohumudan Law 6th ed., 1887
    • Baillie on Moohumudan Law 1869
    • William Jones on Mahomedan Law 1865
    • Mulla principles of Mahomedan Law 2nd ed., 1907
    • Rana’s Epitome of Mahomedan Law 1895
    • Sadagopah Charloo Manual of Mahamadan Civil Law 9th ed., 1889

    [More Law Reports and Digests]

    • The Law Reports Chancery Division: 1887-1909
    • The Law Reports Queen’s Bench Division: 1887-1900
    • The Law Reports King’s Bench Division: 1901-9
    • The Law Reports Appeal Cases: 1887-1909
    • The Law Reports Indian Appeals: 1886-1909/10
    • The Law Reports Probate Division: 1887-1909
    • The Law Reports StatutesL 1887-1909
    • The Bombay High Court Reports by J. Dunbar and J.P.Green 2nd ed. By C.F.Farran 1870: 1862-75
    • The Indian Law Reports Bombay Series: 1876-1910
    • The Bombay Law Reporter: 1899-1910
    • The Indian Law Reports Calcutta Series: 1876-1910
    • The Indian Law Reports Madras Series: 1876-1910
    • The Indian Law Reports Allahabad Series: 1876-1910
    • Mew’s Digest up to end of 1897-1908: 16 vols
    • Manson’s supplement to Mew’s Digest 1898 to 1907, 2 vols.
    • The Earl of Halsbury Laws of England 1907, 11 vols
    • Wood and Ritchie Digest of cases overruled etc. 1907, 3 vols
    • Marsden Digest of Shipping cases 1899
    • Stroud’s Judicial Dictionary 1903, 3 vols plus one vol supplement
    • Desai’s Legal Maxims
    • Brown Legal Dictionary
    • Woodman’s Digest of Indian Law Reports 1862-86 and Privy Council Reports of Appeals form India 1836 to 1886, 8 vols (incl supplements)
    • Wigley Digest of Indian Law Cases 1901-1903 being supplement to Woodman’s Digest (1906)
    • Sanjiva Row Digest of Privy Council Rulings 2nd ed. 1903
    • Desai Index of Cases judicially notified 1811 to 1904 (1905)
    • Ghose Index of Cases Judicially Noticed 1875 to 1894
    • Nambyar Index of Cases judicially noticed 1811 to 1901 (1902)
    • P. S. Subbramaina Aiyar Index of Cases judicially noticed 1905 to 1906, 1907
    • B R Desai’s Index of Cases judicially noticed 1908
    • Shrinivasa Aiyar consolidated digest of Indian Cases 1901 to 1905 (1907)
    • Morley’s Digest of Supreme Court cases 1861, 2 vols
    • Cranenburgh Digest of Cases in Bengal, Madras, Bombay and N.W.P. High Court Reports 1886
    • Teruvenkatachariar High Court Decisions of Indian Railway Cases 1901; supplement 1907
    • Pearsons Index of cases over-ruled etc. 2nd ed., 1894
    • Nambyar Index of cases over-ruled etc. supplement to Pearsons from 1894 to 1899
    • Nambyar Supplement for 1899
    • V. Sivarama Sastri Index of Cases overruled etc. 1902 to 1903.
    • Ratanlal Unreported Criminal Cases of High Court Bombay 1862 to 1898 (1901)
    • Jamietram and Setalvad Digest of unreported printed judgments and Criminal Rulings Bombay 1869 to 1896 (1897)
    • Desai Digest of criminal rulings of Bombay High Court 1869 to July 1890,1891
    • Hume Indian Criminal Digest 1885
    • General Statutory Rules and Orders in India 1907, 3 vols
    • Annadurai Iyers Indian Statute Book, 4 vols.
    • The Bombay Code 3rd ed., 1907
    • List of British Enactments in force in Native States
    • Collections of statutes relating to India, 1899, 2 vols.
    • Wigley’s Chronological Labels and Index of Indian Statutes 1897, 2 vols.
    • Jelf on Where to find your law 1897
    • The County Court Rules 1903 (1904)
    • L. R. Digest of English cases in 3 vols. 1865 to 1890 (1892), 5 vols.
    • L.R. Indian Appeals Digest 1872-93
    • The Revised Reports by Sir Frederick Pollock, vols.1-112

     

    [Zoroastrianism and Parsi Law]

    • The Parsee Prakash, Vol.1, by Bamanji Byramji Patel from Christian year 999 to 1860
    • History of the Parsis by Dosabhai Framji Karaka CSI 1884, 2 vols
    • Sacred Books of the East, by F. Max Mueller 1880, selected volumes
    • Civilisation of the Eastern Iranians in Ancient Times by Dr W Geiger trans. Darab Dastur Peshotan Sanjana 1886 Vol.2
    • Zarathushtra in the Gathas and in Greek and Roman classics by Dr Gereig, trans. Darab P. Sanjana 1897
    • Zarathushtra and Zarathushtrianism in the Avesta by Rustamji Edulji Peshotan Sanjana 1906
    • Discourses on Iranian Literature by Dhanjisha Meherjibhoy Madon 1909
    • Khordeh Avesta (in Gujarati) by Kavasji Edulji Kanga 1902
    • Yashts (in Gujarati) by Kavasji Edulji Kanga 1901
    • The Gathas (in Gujarati) by Kavasji Edulji Kanga 1902
    • Khordeh Avesta (in Gujarati) by Kavasji Edulji Kanga 1902
    • Saddra Behra Tanil (in Gujarati) by Jamasji Minocher Jamasp Assana 1881
    • Nirangistan (facsimile) by Darab Peshotan Sanjana 1894
    • Farvardegan-na-Divaso by Shapoorji Cawasji Hodiwalla 1905
    • Lectures and Sermons on Zoroastrian subjects by Jivanji Jamshedji Modi 1902
    • The Parsi Religion by Dr J Wilson 1843
    • The Gazetteer of the Bombay Presidency Vol.7 Baroda 1883

    [Criminal Law]

    • Mayne’s Criminal Law of India 1896
    • Starling’s Indian Criminal Law 7th ed., 1897
    • Hamilton’s Indian Penal Code 1875
    • Charlton Swinhoe Case noted Penal Code 2nd ed., 1909
    • Velinker on Penal Gambling Laws 1901
    • Roy on Sanction to prosecute
    • Criminal Procedure Code 1898
    • Swaminadhan Criminal Procedure Code 1910
    • Sohoni’s Criminal Procedure Code 4th ed.,1898
    • Prinsep’s Criminal Procedure Code 12th ed., 1898
    • Desai’s Criminal Procedure Code 2nd ed., 1909
    • Blackburn on Detection of forgery 1909

    [version updated on 24 June 2014]