LHRB-SIS: “Top Ten (and Then One)”
When the Publications Committee of the LHRB-SIS began
the selection process for our recommended list of articles we decided to
follow one clear guideline - illustrate the incredible breadth and depth
found in the subjects of legal history and rare books. First we agreed to
pick one article from each 10-year period of the journal, showing both the
continuity and fresh thinking of 100 years of scholarship. After that we
looked for articles that sought to represent the diverse topics that live
and breathe within the larger rubric of “legal history and rare books”. We
hope we have picked a wide-ranging list of articles that is not only of
academic importance, but lively and engaging as well.*
The Top Ten
Chipman, Frank E. “The Beacon Lights of the Law.” 2
(July 1909): 6-10.
Short essays on the lives of
Henry Bracton and William Blackstone and their influences
on English law.
Parma, Rosamond. “The Origin, History, and Compilation
of the Casebook.” 14 (1921): 14-19.
History of the casebook, from
Christopher Columbus Langdell’s first texts at Harvard
Law School to the American Casebook Series developed by the West Publishing
Company in response to Harvard’s publication efforts.
Klapp, S. D. “The Drama of the Law Library”.” 21
Describes the wealth of
historical information included in texts such as Howells State
Trials and the moralizing comments included by the editors in the
Friend, W. L. “A Survey of Anglo-American Legal
Bibliography.” 33 (1940): 1-18.
Historical discussion of legal
bibliographies in England and the United States from the
first English bibliography in 1671.
Graham, Howard J. “The Rastells and the Printed
English Law Book of the Renaissance.” 47 (1954): 6-25.
Recounts history of John and William Rastell, lawyers, scholars, and publishers.
Klingelsmith, Margaret Center. “Report of the
Librarian on Her Trip to England and the Continent 1910.” 58 (1965):
travels to Europe in 1910 to purchase books for the University
of Pennsylvania Biddle Law Library on the early sources of American, British
colonial, and continental law.
Brock, Christine A. “Law Libraries and Librarians – A
Revisionist History; or More than You Ever Wanted to Know.” 67 (1974):
Details the history of law
libraries from their inception as private collections in the
eighteenth century to their status in 1974. Poses questions about the role
of law libraries in the future.
Parrish, Jenni. “Law Books and Legal Publishing in
America, 1760-1840.” 72 (1979): 355-452.
Discusses the history of law
book publishing in the United States and provides a lengthy
bibliography of American law books published from 1760 to 1840.
Topoulos, Katherine. “A Common Lawyer’s Bookshelf
Recreated: An Annotated Bibliography of a Collection of Sixteenth-Century
English Law Books.” 84 (1992): 641-86.
Presents a scholarly review of
a sixteenth-century law library. Based on William
Rastell’s (1508-1565) library.
Hoeflich, Michael H. “Annals of Legal Bibliography:
J.G. Marvin.” 96 (2004): 333-343.
Explores the importance of
Marvin’s Legal Bibliography, a milestone in the history of
American legal bibliography and bookselling.
And Then One …
Cohen, Morris L. “Researching Legal History in the
Digital Age.” 99 (2007): 377-393.
Professor Cohen surveys the
effects of sophisticated digital research techniques and sources on research
in American legal history, and in the process leads us all into the
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