Mark S. Weiner

Posts Tagged ‘Law Books’

Edward Coke, Meet Humphrey Bogart

In Aesthetics, Books and libraries, form, Law and film, Law and music, narrative on November 16, 2014 at 10:17 pm

My latest video is about rare books, jazz, the passage of time, and old movies … and the law reports of the great jurist Edward Coke:

For a 1080p version for the most current systems, click here. For multiple formats on my YouTube channel, here (select the settings tab on the lower-right corner of the frame—that’s the wheel icon, the third icon from the right).

Sharp’s Numbers

In Aesthetics, narrative, form, Books and libraries, Conversations, Race, Video on June 28, 2013 at 8:03 pm

Book cornerYesterday afternoon, I opened an important old book and was carried back over ten years of memory.

When I say old, I mean the book was printed in 1772. The book is important because it was critical to the development of the modern anti-slavery movement.

I’m in the midst of preparing a series of videos that will tell the story of the legal systems of the world through the story of their books and manuscripts. Right now, I’m working on a video about Blackstone’s Commentaries, the great eighteenth-century survey of the English common law. So I went to visit Mike Widener, Rare Book Librarian at Yale Law School, which has the best collection of Blackstone anywhere.

As Mike and I were talking about Blackstone, he also showed me some treasures from his recent headline-making acquisition from the library of British barrister Anthony Taussig. One of them caught me off guard.

Book open on table

Title Page

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The Beauty of the Code

In Aesthetics, narrative, form, Books and libraries, Conversations, Europe, Law and literature, Video on November 18, 2012 at 5:03 pm

This is the first in a series of videos I’ll be posting during my travels in Europe: a five-minute conversation about a small, beautiful law book. An earlier posting of the video was removed to correct an error. To see a larger version, click on the title above. The video is with compliments to my former student Delilah and her husband Carlos.