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Colophon, Pontano's Singularia iuris 1471
With this final installment on our earliest printed books, we will have covered all the early centers of printing in Italy: Rome, Naples, and now Venice. Printing came to...
Albericus de Maletis, Tractatus seu apparatus de testibus (ca. 1471), colophon
Continuing with a review of the earliest printed books in the Yale Law Library, we move from Strassburg in 1471 to Naples, and a printer who learned his craft in Strassburg....
Battista Aimo, De alluvionum iure universo (Bologna, 1580).
My friend and collaborator Mark Weiner has produced the latest installment in his series of videos on rare law books. “Water, Paper, Law” is an almost poetic meditation, in...
Institutiones D. Justiniani SS. Princ. : typis variae, rubris nucleum exhibentibus : accesserunt ex Digestis tituli De verborum significatione & Regul. juris (Amsterdam, 1664)
Institutiones D. Iustinianei (1664), with arms of Charles William Henry Montagu-Scott. This copy of the Institutes of Justinian, the introductory text of Roman law taught for...
Diego de Covarrubias y Leyva, Qvaestionvm practicarvm (1573), bound with his Variarvm resolvtionvm ivridicarvm (Frankfurt, 1573)
Diego de Covarrubias y Leyva, Qvaestionvm practicarvm (1573), bound with his Variarvm resolvtionvm ivridicarvm (1573).  Showing the arms of George Carteret. Diego de...
John Fortescue, The Works of Sir John Fortescue, Knight (London, 1869)
John Fortescue, The Works of Sir John Fortescue, Knight (1869), with the arms of Evelyn Philip Shirley. Fortescue (c. 1394-1480) was a leading jurist and Lord Chief Justice...
 Polnoe sobranie zakonov Rossiiskoi Imperii [= Complete collection of the laws of the Russian empire]. St. Petersburg, 1839-1873.
Heraldic devices were – and still are – sources of pride for individuals and families.  Arms traditionally denote rank within a nobility, indicate prestigious associations...
Earlier this week – August 19, to be exact – was the 200th anniversary of one of the U.S. Navy’s most famous battles, the victory of the U.S.S....
In my previous post I sought help identifying a signature that is found in many of the books that came from the library of the German legal historian Konrad von Maurer (1823-...
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...

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