Rare Books Blog

July 14, 2012

On July 23, I am giving a brief presentation, “Early Law Books and Their Readers: Examples from the Yale Law Library,” at the American Association of Law Libraries 2012 annual meeting in Boston. It is part of a session, “Connecting Roman Law Books: Commentaries, Marginalia, Bookplates and More,” offered by the Roman Law Interest Group, part of the Foreign, Comparative & International Law Special Interest Section, and organized by my colleague Lucia Diamond, Senior Librarian at the Robbins Collection, University of California-Berkeley School of Law.

The images I am showing can also be seen in a Flickr gallery, “Connecting Roman Law Books.”

As part of my presentation, I am asking for help in reading and identifying the signature shown below. It appears in dozens of the books that once were part of the library of Konrad von Maurer (1823-1902), a professor of law at the University of Munich who was a leading scholar of early Germanic and Nordic law. Von Maurer’s law books were acquired in 1904 by the Association of the Bar of the City of New York; since 2006 the majority of them have come to the Yale Law Library, with some going to the Jacob Burns Law Library, George Washington University. The dates on these signatures begin in the early 1820s and end around 1860; see the Flickr gallery for more examples. It would seem that von Maurer acquired this individual’s library en bloc. I’ll be grateful for any clues.

MIKE WIDENER

Rare Book Librarian

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