"Monuments of Imperial Russian Law," now on display in the Yale Law Library, is perhaps the first rare book exhibit in the U.S. to focus on the history of Russian law. The lead curator of the exhibit, Professor William E. Butler of Penn State, will give a talk on the exhibit May 9 in the Yale Law School. The exhibition was co-curated by Mike Widener, Rare Book Librarian in the Lillian Goldman Law Library. It features principal landmarks in Russia's pre-1917 legal literature. Among these are the first printed collection of Russian laws, the 1649 "Sobornoe ulozhenie", and three versions of the "Nakaz", the law code that earned Empress Catherine the Great her reputation.Hat tip: H-Law
The exhibit is on display through May 25, 2012 in the Rare Book Exhibition Gallery, located on Level L2 of the Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School, 127 Wall Street. The exhibit is open to the public, 9am-10pm daily. The exhibit is also online in the Yale Law Library Rare Books Blog.