Widener, Michael and Mark S. Weiner. Law's Picture Books: The Yale Law Library Collection. vii, 211 pp., 166 color illustrations. Clark, New Jersey: Talbot Publishing (an imprint of The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.), 2017. ISBN-13: 9781616191603. ISBN-10:1616191600. Paperback. New. $39.95 * "Illustrated law books" may seem like an oxymoron. After all, law is conceptual, analytic, and so very wordy! Yet for the past decade, over a thousand illustrated law books have been assembled in the Yale Law Library -- spanning eight centuries and four continents. Law's Picture Books began as a major exhibition of that collection at the Grolier Club (9/13 to 11/18/17) in New York City, curated by Rare Book Librarian Michael Widener and legal historian Mark S. Weiner. In challenging the stereotype of legal literature as a dreary expanse of dry text, this book will surprise and delight both bibliophiles and members of the legal community. This handsome full-color book is enhanced by the essays "Collecting Yale Law Library's Picture Books," (Michael Widener), "Reflections on an Exhibition," (Mark S. Weiner), "Ars Memoria in Early Law: Looking Beneath the Picture," (Jolande E. Goldberg, Law Library of Congress), and "Law's Picture Books and the History of Book Illustration," (Erin C. Blake, Folger Shakespeare Library).
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