“Law’s Picture Books” wins the Joseph L. Andrews Award

Cover to "Law's Picture Books: The Yale Law Library Collection"
April 24, 2018

I am extremely pleased and honored to announce that Law’s Picture Books: The Yale Law Library Collection (Clark, New Jersey: Talbot Publishing, 2017) has earned the 2018 Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award from the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL). The Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award “recognizes a significant textual contribution to legal literature” based on the work’s creativity, originality, and judgment. It is the highest award bestowed by AALL for publications.

As many of you know, Law’s Picture Books is the catalogue of the landmark exhibition that the Lillian Goldman Law Library mounted at the Grolier Club in New York City, September 13 - November 18, 2017. The full-color, 220-page catalogue includes images and descriptions of each of the 140 volumes displayed at the Grolier Club, plus four introductory essays.

My profound thanks to…

  • My esteemed co-author, Mark S. Weiner, who collaborated with me for four years on this project, and with whom I share this award.
  • Greg Talbot of Lawbook Exchange for publishing the catalogue and for his advice.
  • Valerie Horowitz of Talbot Publishing, the publishing arm of Lawbook Exchange, for her superb editing and design.
  • The Charles J. Tanenbaum Fund, Yale Law School, and the Pine Tree Foundation for their generous support of the exhibition and its catalogue.

Thanks also to the Grolier Club’s director, Eric Holzenberg, Exhibition Coordinator Jennifer Sheehan, and Irene Tichenor of the Public Exhibitions Committee for hosting the exhibition; Jolande Goldberg of the Law Library of Congress and Erin Blake of the Folger Shakespeare Library for their excellent essays, and Library Director Teresa Miguel-Stearns for her unflagging support.

Law’s Picture Books joins an illustrious list of Andrews Award winners from Yale, including Ann Laeuchli’s Bibliographical Catalog of William Blackstone (2015), Morris Cohen’s Bibliography of Early American Law (1998), and Fred Shapiro’s Oxford Dictionary of American Legal Quotations (1993).

Copies of Law’s Picture Books: The Yale Law Library Collection can be checked out from the Lillian Goldman Law Library, or can be purchased from Talbot Publishing.

– MIKE WIDENER, Rare Book Librarian

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