Monday, August 6, 2012

Published in the 16th Century, but new to us: recent acquisitions on display now

by Heather Kushnerick, Special Collections Librarian

      An Elizabethan work of political theory, a volume of public contracts used throughout the Spanish Empire, and a main source for Bracton’s treatise on English Law are but a few of the primary legal sources the Special Collections Department has acquired over the past year. On display now in the library lobby are some of our most recent acquisitions. You can see Pedro Melgarejo’s Compendio de contratos publicos, autos de particiones, egecutivos, y de residencies, first published in 1652. A collection of public contracts used in the Spanish Empire, it includes forms on the sale of slaves, the manumission of slaves, contracts specifically for married women, dowries, forms for nuns, emancipation of minors, and maritime contracts.

      Also on display is Richard Compton’s L'authoritie et iurisdiction des courts de la maiestie de la roygne, published in 1594, in which he offers legal reasoning to justify an uncompromising hierarchical society governed by a powerful monarch. View the Summa Azonis, Portuis Azo’s carefully organized commentaries on the Code, Digest and Institutes of the Corpus Juris Civilis. Written in the 13th century, it was circulated widely in manuscript form. Thirty-five editions were printed between 1481 and 1610. Our copy is from 1532.

     These works plus several more will be on exhibit in the library lobby until October 26, 2012. For more information about the items on display or the Special Collections Department, please contact Heather Kushnerick.