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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.
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.
Dates
[circa 1280-1956]
Extent
48.29 Linear Feet (73 boxes)
Related Names
Taussig, Anthony
Language of Materials
English
Language of Materials
English
Script
Latin
Language of Materials
Latin
Script
Latin
Language of Materials
French
Script
Latin