English law

One of the Library’s notable Taussig acquisitions is the first work devoted to the laws and rights of women in English law, and the only edition of that work. Published...
Bookplate of Sir William Blackstone (1723-1780)
The Yale Law Library’s William Blackstone Collection, already the world’s best, was improved even more with 24 of the volumes we acquired from Anthony Taussig...
 The common law common-placed : containing, the substance and effect of all the common law cases dispersed in the body of the law (London, 1726)
Giles Jacob (1686–1744), the leading legal writer of his age, was notable less for his style—Alexander Pope lampooned him in his Dunciad, calling Jacob “the blunderbuss of...
The Law against Bankrupts, or, A Treatise Wherein the Statutes against Bankrupts are Explained (London, 1694)
Works on bankruptcy are well represented among the Taussig acquisitions. What might be called early English bankruptcy law established procedures against debtors who...
Trained at Lincoln’s Inn, William Lambarde (1536–1601) showed early ability as an antiquarian and became a leading publisher of books on English law. He wrote his Eirenarcha...
The Law of Trade, or, A Digest of the Law Concerning Trade, Commerce, and Manufactures (London,
From the Taussig collection the library has acquired a number of rare volumes dealing with commercial law. Most date to the eighteenth century, and many offer insights into...
The faithful councellor, or, The marrow of the lavv in English, bound with The second part of The faithfull councellour ... (London, 1653-54)
Among the Taussig acquisitions, works by outstanding legal writers are an area of strength. Among these, William Sheppard (1595-1674) stands particularly tall. The most...
Abbreviamentum statutorum (London, 1481)
Of all the outstanding books we acquired from the collection of Anthony Taussig (see our previous post), one has special importance: an abridgment of statutes considered to...
Magna Charta, cum statutis, tum antiquis, tum recentibus, maxim opere, animo tenendis nunc demum ad vnum / tipis aedita, per Richardum Tottell (London, 1576)
Magna Charta (1576), with arms of Henry Yelverton. Magna Carta (1215) stands as one of the great legal documents of the western world.  Famously, the English King John was...
Robert Brady, An introduction to the old English history, comprehended in three several tracts... (London, 1684)
Robert Brady, An Introduction to the Old English History (1684), showing the arms of Henry Peter Brougham. Robert Brady (1627?-1700) was a doctor and later professor at...

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