Law Library Special Collections is pleased to announce two new exhibits
featuring rare books from our collections. The
first is our own exhibit, Magna Carta, Sir Edward Coke, and the Rule of Law at the Dawn of American Settlement.
This exhibit is located in the Special Collections exhibit case outside
Room 210 in the Williams Law Library. The exhibit features 5 imprints
of Magna Carta cum Statutis tum antiquis tumrecentibus,
the leading compilation of English statutes from the reigns of Elizabeth
I and James VI & I, that were annotated in law French by their
owners. It also includes images from Sir Edward Coke’s
personal annotated copy of Bracton, the landmark treatise of
English law written shortly after the authoritative 1225 version of
Magna Carta was issued by Henry III. Full text images of all of the
featured books are available through DigitalGeorgetown.
The second exhibit is Age of Lawyers: The Roots of American Law in Shakespeare’s Britain at the Folger Shakespeare Library. This exhibit features our copy of Coke’s Bracton and our set of 17th century imprints of Parts 1 through 12 of Coke’s case reports, which
were so highly esteemed that they quickly became known simply as The Reports;
as well as many other rare books and manuscripts from the Folger’s
collections. Georgetown Law Library's Curator of Legal History
Collections served as the Academic Advisor
for the Folger exhibit.