Precedents So Scrawl'd and Blurr'd: Readers' Marks in Law Books


Fitzherbert, New book of justices of peace, 1554

Anthony Fitzherbert. The new boke of iustices of peace. London: Richard Tottel, 1554.

Thanks to the following for their contributions to this exhibition:

  • Jacky Bratton, Royal Holloway University of London
  • Jan Conroy, Public Affairs, Yale Law School
  • Bill Cotter, W.S. Cotter Rare Books
  • Diane Ducharme, Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University
  • John S. Gilkeson, Jr., Arizona State University
  • Julie Graves-Krishnaswami, Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School
  • Shana Jackson, Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School
  • Trip Kirkpatrick, Digital Scholarship, Yale University Library
  • Caitlyn Lam, Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School
  • Ryan Martins, Law 2020, Yale Law School
  • William Sullivan, J.D. 2016, Boston College Law School
  • Otto Vervaart, Utrecht, Netherlands
  • The students of The Wall, Yale Law School
  • Emma Molina Widener, New Haven, Connecticut
  • Henry Granville Widener, Catholic University of America
  • Anders Winroth, History, Yale University

Quotes are taken from the following:

  • John Anstey. The pleader's guide: a didactic poem, in two books, containing the conduct of a suit at law, with the arguments of Counsellor Bother'um and Counsellor Bore'um in an action betwixt John-a- Gull, and John-a-Gudgeon for assault and battery, at a late contested election. London: T. Cadell, jun., and W. Davies, 1796-1802. 2 volumes.
  • Tom Mole, The Secret Life of Books: Why They Mean More than Words (London: Elliott & Thompson, 2019).
  • David Pearson, Books as History: The Importance of Books Beyond Their Text (London: British Library, 2012).
  • William H. Sherman, Used Books: Marking Readers in Renaissance England (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008).
  • Roger E. Stoddard, Marks in Books, Illustrated and Explained (Cambridge, Mass.: Houghton Library, Harvard University, 1985).