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Marbled Paper in Law Books – Pic of the Week

One of the privileges I have in taking photographs for In Custodia Legis is getting to see the Law Library’s rare book collection. For preservation’s sake, the rare books must be confined to a locked climate-controlled room, so it is always a treat when these items emerge from the vault.  I have been snapping photos of the endpapers of the collection items that we’ve featured in blog posts over the years.  Marbled papers in law books bring a particular surprise, like a happy ending to a ponderous legal story or a rest for weary eyes.  Below are just three examples.

Endpaper for the Constitution of Norway

Endpaper for the Constitution of Norway. Photo by Donna Sokol.

The Law Library’s copy of the Constitution of Norway features endpapers with a monochromatic shell pattern.  The deep red color brings to mind a slide you might have seen under a microscope in high school biology class. This example is interesting in that it has a distinct glossy finish, as you might be able to see from the glare on the left side of the photo.

Endpaper for Littleton's Tenures

Endpaper for Littleton’s Tenures. Photo by Donna Sokol.

In the 1591 edition of Littleton’s Tenures, we see an example of combed French curls.  The colors of these endpapers are particularly vibrant and add to the beauty of this already splendid volume.

Marbled paper cover of The Laws of Maryland

Marbled paper cover of The Laws of Maryland. Photo by Donna Sokol.

The Laws of Maryland, Enacted at a Session of Assembly, Begun and Held at the City of Annapolis, on Thursday the tenth day of October 1727 [bound with] Laws of Maryland … 1729 is a new acquisition to the Law Library’s collection this year.  We have not yet featured this item on the blog, so this is a sneak peek!  The book cover is a Turkish pattern that features five colors – salmon, teal, ochre, burgundy, and black.

Indigenous Rights in New Zealand: Legislation, Litigation, and Protest

While growing up in New Zealand, then attending university there and working as a policy adviser in both environmental and constitutional law, I saw news items and had discussions about Māori rights, activism, and related legal or policy developments fairly regularly. I have therefore followed with interest media articles and social media discussions about the […]

Remembering Vine Deloria, Jr.

Vine Deloria, Jr., (b. March 14, 1933-d. November 13, 2005) was a Standing Rock Sioux lawyer, teacher, activist and writer. After completing his schooling, he worked as the executive director for the National Conference of American Indians (NCAI) from 1964-1967, where he advocated for the rights of Native Americans. Shortly after his tenure there, he […]

Modern Tribal Law on the Shelf

Modern Tribal Law On the Shelf During National Native American Heritage Month, Law Library staff trawl the Library’s vast holdings for pertinent material to showcase for its online and onsite visitors. Researchers interested in the month’s origins can also visit the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) page for more information about the history of the […]

Yudin Collection bookplate

While reviewing a truck of materials, I found three items with the following bookplate: Since I had run across this bookplate before and admired it, I thought it would be a great visual to share in a blog post. This bookplate was specifically designed for the Yudin Collection. The Library of Congress acquired the Yudin […]