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Catalogue 99

Catalogue 99

Law Related Books, Manuscripts, Broadsides, Pamphlets and Ephemera: America, Great Britain & Europe 15th to 20th Centuries

Catalogue 98

Catalogue 98

Books, Manuscripts, Broadsides, Pamphlets and Ephemera on Law and Related Fields: America, Great Britain & Europe, 16th to 20th Centuries

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Recent Acquisitions: English, American & Continental Law, 1599–1928 - 30 Items

Recent Acquisitions: English, American & Continental Law, 1599–1928 - 30 Items

April 25, 2023

Highlights in this list include:

  • an early collected-works edition of Beccaria
  • Brandeis's Other People's Money inscribed by Frankfurter to a protégé
  • an account of the scandal that led to the first U.S. law governing abortion
Pamphlets & Ephemera: Items on Display at the 2023 New York Antiquarian Book Fair

Pamphlets & Ephemera: Items on Display at the 2023 New York Antiquarian Book Fair

April 18, 2023

Highlights in this list include:

  • an account of the trial that helped establish press freedom in America
  • a rare temperance broadside in the style of a court document
  • an early colonial manuscript providing pocket guidance for a coroner
  • an interesting mutiny, murder and piracy trial over which Joseph Story presided
Items on Display at the 2023 New York Antiquarian Book Fair

Items on Display at the 2023 New York Antiquarian Book Fair

April 27–30, 2023

Highlights in this catalogue include:

  • early commentaries on the U.S. Constitution by one of its authors
  • one of the earliest printings of the Liber Sextus Decretalium, c.1473
  • a first edition of the first English treatise on family law
  • a handsome first edition of an important translation of De Consolatione
Recent Acquisitions: Rare Books, Manuscripts & Ephemera - A Preview of Catalogue 105

Recent Acquisitions: Rare Books, Manuscripts & Ephemera - A Preview of Catalogue 105

April 4, 2023

Highlights in this list include:

  • an early London printing of The Case and Tryal of John Peter Zenger
  • a handsomely bound final edition of Brisson's Verborum
  • materials for a course on business law taught by Louis Brandeis
  • a 16th-century collection of legal maxims
  • a 17th-century poetic satire of English legal pleading
Recent Acquisitions: English, American & Continental Law, 1553–1913 - 30 Items

Recent Acquisitions: English, American & Continental Law, 1553–1913 - 30 Items

March 14, 2023

Highlights in this list include:

  • a first edition of Blackstone's Law Tracts in an exceptional binding
  • a scarce treatise on notarial instruments, oaths and compromise
  • a typescript with a wealth of detail about a New York City landmark
A List to Celebrate the 55th California International Antiquarian Book Fair

A List to Celebrate the 55th California International Antiquarian Book Fair

February 10–12, 2023

Highlights in this list include:

  • a first edition of Care’s English Liberties  
  • six incunables, including a volume of illustrated sermons
  • a first edition of Hamilton’s “Reynolds Pamphlet”
  • a late-1800s manuscript case register of a Sacramento lawyer
English Law Before 1600: Books in Beale's A Bibliography of Early English Law Books - 30 Titles

English Law Before 1600: Books in Beale's A Bibliography of Early English Law Books - 30 Titles

October 18, 2022

Highlights in this list include:

  • a c.1541 edition of Littleton in English
  • a thoroughly annotated copy of an important work on writs
  • a 1576 printing of Magna Carta and later statutes
Recent Acquisitions: English, Scottish, American & Continental Law, 1587–1960 - 30 Items

Recent Acquisitions: English, Scottish, American & Continental Law, 1587–1960 - 30 Items

September 13, 2022

Highlights in this list include:

  • an important 16th-century compilation of Byzantine law
  • a transcript from the final trial of “Fatty” Arbuckle
  • a handsome early edition of Blackstone’s Commentaries
The Ephemera Society of America Virtual Ephemera Fair

The Ephemera Society of America Virtual Ephemera Fair

August 27–28, 2022

Highlights in this list include:

  • a court transcript from the trial of Fatty Arbuckle
  • a collection of Chinese watercolors depicting punishments
  • two rare Temperance broadsides
  • a Connecticut anti-divorce tract from 1788
Items Selected for The Transatlantic Book Fair

Items Selected for The Transatlantic Book Fair

July 11–13, 2022

Highlights include:

  • an anti-Temperance broadside in the style of a court document
  • a 1st edition of Inherit the Wind inscribed by its authors to a Darrow granddaughter
  • J.E.B. Stuart's copy of a court-martial handbook
  • a 1497 collection of Lenten sermons with 18 full-page woodcuts
  • Sem's vivid account of a notable 1918 treason trial, 68 lithograph images
RBMS Virtual Showcase

RBMS Virtual Showcase

June 21-24, 2022

Highlights in this list include:

  • a 19th-century archive concerning American tariffs
  • a complete Groot Placaet-Boeck, an important source for Atlantic history
  • an illustrated digest of the military law and practice of the Holy Roman Empire
  • a 17th-century French manuscript concerning the seizure of property from a widow
  • a Register of Actions and Proceedings, Sacramento County, CA, 1877-1880
  • two incunables dealing with canon law, one of them a manual for confessors
Recent Acquisitions: English, American & Continental Law, 1486–1930 - 30 Items

Recent Acquisitions: English, American & Continental Law, 1486–1930 - 30 Items

June 7, 2022

Highlights in this list include:

  • a 1486 printing of a notable reference book for canon lawyers
  • a book owned by Joseph Story, Benjamin Butler and Henry Fowle Durant
  • a 1773 sermon on the evolution of law in civil society
Recent Acquisitions: English, Scottish, American, Mexican & Continental Law, 1572–1959 - 30 Items

Recent Acquisitions: English, Scottish, American, Mexican & Continental Law, 1572–1959 - 30 Items

May 24, 2022

Highlights in this list include:

  • a notable 16th-century treatise on the inventory of estates
  • first printings of the Harvard Law Review, Vols. 1–17
  • a copy of the first civil procedure code of Baja California
A List to Celebrate the 2022 New York Antiquarian Book Fair

A List to Celebrate the 2022 New York Antiquarian Book Fair

April 21–24, 2022

Highlights in this list include:

  • a first edition of Inherit the Wind signed by the authors
  • a c.1783 French manuscript on politics and national character
  • a first edition of Blackstone’s landmark edition of Magna Carta
  • a final edition of Alexander’s History of Women (Philadelphia, 1796)
Recent Acquisitions: English, Scottish, American & Continental Law, 1584–1938 - 30 Items

Recent Acquisitions: English, Scottish, American & Continental Law, 1584–1938 - 30 Items

April 5, 2022

Highlights in this list include:

  • a first-edition copy of The Kinges Prerogative
  • a set of laws for a Florentine dowry fund established in 1425
  • a copy of the first official printing of the Dred Scott case
Recent Acquisitions: English, Scottish, American & Continental Law, 1543–1935 - 30 Items

Recent Acquisitions: English, Scottish, American & Continental Law, 1543–1935 - 30 Items

March 1, 2022

Highlights in this list include:

  • a copy of the first English treatise on courts-martial
  • a 1543 printing of a classic handbook on canon law
  • a volume owned by James Otis and Josiah Bartlett
Recent Acquisitions: English, Scottish, American & Continental Law, 1639–c.1940 - 30 Items

Recent Acquisitions: English, Scottish, American & Continental Law, 1639–c.1940 - 30 Items

October 19, 2021

Highlights in this list include:

  • an early American printing of Beccaria with three interesting associations
  • a rare manuscript treatise on the laws of Guernsey
  • c.1783 French manuscript on political science and national character
Recent Acquisitions: English, American & Continental Law, 1651–1945: 20 Items

Recent Acquisitions: English, American & Continental Law, 1651–1945: 20 Items

September 7, 2021

Highlights in this list include:

  • a first-edition printing of an important speech by John Marshall
  • a rare pocket-sized Breton coutumier printed in 1651
  • a copy of Mes Prisons inscribed by Verlaine to his defence lawyer
Recent Acquisitions: English, American & Continental Law, 1537–1916: 30 Items

Recent Acquisitions: English, American & Continental Law, 1537–1916: 30 Items

August 31, 2021

Highlights in this list include:

  • a handsomely bound Plantin printing of the Decretals of Gregory IX
  • Cecil B. De Mille’s copy of Darrow’s A Persian Pearl
  • a curious 1821 English study of dueling, with accounts of 173 duels
Recent Acquisitions: English, American & Continental Law, 1550–1922 - 22 Items

Recent Acquisitions: English, American & Continental Law, 1550–1922 - 22 Items

July 20, 2021

Highlights in this list include:

  • a report of the Dred Scott Case with an interesting association
  • Yelverton's heavily annotated copy of La Nouvelle Natura Brevium
  • a handsome 1550 imprint of the Digestum Vetus with attractive woodcuts
Recent Acquisitions: English, American & Continental Law, 1549–1958 - 30 Items

Recent Acquisitions: English, American & Continental Law, 1549–1958 - 30 Items

July 6, 2021

Highlights in this list include:

  • an illustrated anti-suffrage tale of a woman “in search of her rights”
  • books inscribed by Darrow, Frankfurter, Hand, Hughes and Jackson
  • a seventeenth-century Scottish manuscript law dictionary
A Nineteenth-Century Lawyer's Library: 32 Items

A Nineteenth-Century Lawyer's Library: 32 Items

May 25, 2021

The books in this list are from the office library of a small-town lawyer, A.H. Ware, who practiced in North Anson, Maine, during the second half of the nineteenth century. They may have comprised his entire library. Most of them have a label from a single bookseller in Portland. The rest bear the signature of an older Maine lawyer, James T. Leavitt. We assume Ware acquired those books from him directly, or through gift or sale after Leavitt's death.