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Anthony Taussig collection of English legal manuscripts

 Collection
Call Number: OSB MSS 184

Scope and Contents

A collection of approximately 400 manuscript items, including letters; letterbooks; copies of statutes, pleadings, opinions and precedents; King's Bench reports; abridgments and commonplace books of cases; and other papers, documenting the development and practice of English law and the evolution of the English legal system from the thirteenth into the twentieth century. Included are an early copy of Henry de Bracton's De legibus Anglie; a fourteenth-century pocket compilation of "Statuta vetera" that opens with a copy of the Magna Carta; case reports from the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries; letters, opinions and notes by a range of English legal figures, including William Blackstone, Edward Coke, Edward Law, Lord Thurlow, and Francis Wedderburn; and guides to court proceedings and practice from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

In addition, the collection contains a letterbook of Wiliam Tidd; papers of Sir Michael Foster and his heirs, including correspondence related to the Corn Riots of 1753 and Foster's work on habeas corpus; and correspondence and other documentation related to the operation of the Poor Laws in England.

Dates

  • [circa 1280-1956]

Creator

Language of Materials

In English, with some Latin and French.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Anthony Taussig collection of English legal manuscripts is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Anthony Taussig on the Hazel M. Osborn and the James Marshall and Marie-Louise Osborn Funds, 2012.

Arrangement

Arranged by Taussig catalog number as assigned in A Catalogue of the Legal Manuscripts of Anthony Taussig.

Extent

48.29 Linear Feet (73 boxes)

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Overview

A collection of approximately 400 manuscript items, including letters; letterbooks; copies of statutes, pleadings, opinions and precedents; King's Bench reports; abridgments and commonplace books of cases; and other papers, documenting the development and practice of English law and the evolution of the English legal system from the thirteenth into the twentieth century. Included are an early copy of Henry de Bracton's De legibus Anglie; a fourteenth-century pocket compilation of "Statuta vetera" that opens with a copy of the Magna Carta; case reports from the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries; letters, opinions and notes by a range of English legal figures, including William Blackstone, Edward Coke, Edward Law, Lord Thurlow, and Francis Wedderburn; and guides to court proceedings and practice from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Bibliography

  • Baker, John H. and Taussig, Anthony. A Catalogue of the Legal Manuscripts of Anthony Taussig (London: Selden Society, 2007).

Processing Information

This finding aid will be updated over time to reflect changes as individual manuscripts are cataloged.

This finding aid includes all manuscripts listed in A Catalogue of the Legal Manuscripts of Anthony Taussig. Items with Taussig catalog numbers 401 and higher are not listed in the published catalog.

Titles that were not acquired by the Beinecke Library or that have been individually cataloged are noted as such.
Title
Guide to the Anthony Taussig collection of English legal manuscripts
Author
by Beinecke staff
Date
October 2013
Language of description
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Repository

Contact:
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