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February 25, 2012

The latest issue of Law Library Journal is a special issue, “A Tribute to Morris L. Cohen (1927-2010).” Our own Fred Shapiro organized this fitting tribute to our mentor and friend. All of the articles can be downloaded from the LLJ website. – MIKE WIDENER, Rare Book Librarian

Law Library Journal
Volume 104, no. 1 (Winter 2012): A Tribute to Morris L. Cohen (1927-2010).

“Introduction.” Fred R. Shapiro.

“Morris L. Cohen, 1927-2010: A Remembrance and Celebration.” Vincent DiMarco, Kent C. Olson, Balfour Halévy, Lika Miyake, Mary Jane Kelsey, Sharon Hamby O’Connor, & Robert C. Berring.

“In Praise of Morris L. Cohen’s Bibliography of Early American Law.” Daniel A. Cohen.

“Morris L. Cohen: A Reminiscence.” Morris S. Arnold.

“Memories of Morris–and How I Use His BEAL.” Jordan D. Luttrell.

“Morris Cohen and Rare Book School.” David Warrington.

“Morris Cohen and the Art of Book Collecting.” Michael Widener.

“Cornerstones for Enduring Law Libraries: Morris Cohen’s Influence at Yale.” S. Blair Kauffman.

“Birth of a Nutshell: Morris Cohen in the 1960s.” Kent C. Olson.

“The End of Scholarly Bibliography: Reconceptualizing Law Librarianship.” Robert C. Berring.

“Appeals to the Privy Council Before American Independence: An Annotated Digital Catalogue.” Sharon Hamby O’Connor & Mary Sarah Bilder.

“Blackstone and Bibliography: In Memoriam Morris Cohen.” Wilfrid Prest.

“Booksellers in Court: Approaches to the Legal History of Copyright in England Before 1842.” James Raven.

“Practicing Reference … ‘That Most Congenial Lawyer/Bibliographer’.” Mary Whisner.

“Reflections: An Interview with Morris L. Cohen.” Morris L. Cohen & Bonnie Collier.

“Morris L. Cohen: A Bibliography of His Works.” Ryan Harrington & Camilla Tubbs.

February 24, 2012

The Lillian Goldman Law Library was delighted to host a book talk by Rosemarie McGerr on Feburary 24, on her new book, A Lancastrian Mirror for Princes: The Yale Law School New Statutes of England (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2011). The book is an in-depth study of a Rare Book Collection showpiece, the Statuta Angliae Nova (ca. 1450s-1470s). A summary of the book is in a previous post.

In her talk McGerr pointed out areas where work remains to be done on the manuscript. In its creation and design, the manuscript shows the influence of Sir John Fortescue (1394?-1476?), chief justice of King’s Bench under Henry VI and author of De laudibus legum Angliae (A Treatise in Commendation of the Laws of England; 1st ed. 1543), an often reprinted treatise that, like our New Statutes manuscript, was prepared to educate Henry VI’s son in the duties of kingship. One of the manuscript’s later owners was Sir Thomas Elyot (1490?-1546), English humanist and author of yet another “mirror of princes,” The Boke Named the Governour (1st ed. 1531). Here’s hoping someone takes the bait and discovers what else this manuscript holds for us.

Our thanks to Rosemarie McGerr for sharing her time and knowledge with us and our guests today.

MIKE WIDENER

Rare Book Librarian

Rosemarie McGerr, Professor of Comparative Literature and director of the Medieval Studies Institute at Indiana University, with the Law Library’s Statuta Angliae Nova, which is the subject of her latest book, book, A Lancastrian Mirror for Princes: The Yale Law School New Statutes of England (2011)

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