The Sale of Goods Act, 1893, by which the law relating to the sale of goods was codified in the United Kingdom, has now been adopted, with slight modifications, in all the provinces of Canada except Quebec, the process of adoption having been completed by the enactment in Ontario of the Sale of Goods Act, 1920. Prior to the adoption of the statute there existed, especially in Ontario, a considerable body of case law. This case law is of course now authoritative only so far as it is consistent with the statute; but for the most part they are in accord with each other, and the decisions furnish useful illustrations of the statute.
The arrangement of the statute is followed in the main, but in some respects the scheme of the book has necessitated some change in the order of the statutory provisions. The design of the book is to make the statute more readily available and more useful in Canada, and references are given to a relatively large number of recent English and Canadian cases. The alphabetical index is supplemented by an unusually full table of contents, and the comparative table of section numbers will, it is hoped, enable a reader readily to compare the statute in force in one province with that in force in any other province or in the United Kingdom.
Benjamin on Sales is cited with reference to the fifth edition (1906), and Chalmers on the Sale of Goods Act with reference to the seventh edition (1910), the new editions not being procurable in this country until after this book was wholly prepared for the press.
Attention is drawn in the course of the book to the chief differences between the provisions of the Sale of Goods Act and those of the Uniform Sales Act, which is in force in many parts of the United States.
J. D. F