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Lillian Goldman Law Library
Lillian Goldman Law Library
Rare Book Exhibition Gallery
(Level L2 of the Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School)
121 Wall Street
New Haven, CT
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This year is the 250th anniversary of the publication of Sir William Blackstone's "Commentaries on the Laws of England," the single most influential book in the history of Anglo-American law. The Yale Law Library, home to the world's largest collection of Blackstone's works, is marking this anniversary with an exhibition. On display will be  more than 40 items depicting the origins of the Commentaries, its remarkable success as a textbook, and its impact on both legal and popular culture. Among the highlights: a volume annotated by one of Blackstone's students, a legal treatise with Blackstone's own handwritten marginalia, the first English editions of the "Commentaries," early Irish and American pirated editions, abridgments, teaching aids, student manuscripts, critiques, translations (into French, German, Italian, and Chinese).

The exhibition will also be shown in late 2015 in the library of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple (London), which was Blackstone's Inn of Court. From December 2015 to February 2016 it will further move to the Sir John Salmond Law Library, University of Adelaide.

(Picture: Yale Law Library)

(Picture: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University)