Friday, November 18, 2011

Anglo-American Legal History Class Visits the Rare Book Room

This past Tuesday, we were thrilled to host Professor Dan Coquillette's Anglo-American Legal History Class for an exhibit of our 16th and 17th century legal practice materials. It's always a pleasure to have this interested and engaged group come to see our collection, and it's a tremendous treat to get to listen to Professor Coquillette's discussion of the materials. The focus of the exhibit was early court reports and abridgments, including a 1534 Year Book from the reign of Edward III, Coke's reports and Dyer's reports, along with abridgments of both. We also displayed early compilations of writs, Littleton's Tenures, Coke on Littleton, books of entries, and several other items. Pictures of many featured items will be posted on our Facebook page, along with this audio clip of Professor Coquillette's introduction to the materials:

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Rare Book Room closes at 4pm today

We are happy to host the Boston College Law School Legal History Roundtable today in the Rare Book Room. The Roundtable offers an opportunity for Boston College faculty and faculty from other area institutions, students, and members of the Boston College community to meet and discuss a pre-circulated paper in legal history (RSVP to Erin Murphy at Today's guest is Aniceto Masferrer, Professor of Legal History, University of Valencia and President, the Society for Comparative Legal History. Professor Masferrer's paper is entitled "The Principle of Legality and Codification in the 19th-century Western Criminal Law Reform."

The Roundtable will begin at 4:30pm, but the room will close at 4pm for preparations.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Antiquarian Book Fair comes to town!

If any lovers of rare books, manuscripts or literary ephemera are looking for weekend plans, consider going to the Antiquarian Book Fair at Hynes Convention Center. From November 11-13th, dealers from the U.S. and Europe will be in Boston for one of the oldest and most respected antiquarian book shows in the country. Tickets will be available at the door for $8 and are also available in advance from the Fair's website, along with a list of fair activities and related events around the city.

Boston College's own Burns Library will have a booth at the fair, so be sure to visit!