The New York Law Institute has a robust collection of rare and varied works on legal topics dating back to 1558. Our holdings include rare medieval case reports in the form of Year Books of the Kings of England including Edward III, Edward IV, Edward V, Richard III, Henry VIII, Henry VI, Henry IV, Henry V, ranging from 1558 – 1605. We have many treatises on the maritime laws of Europe including John Selden’s masterpiece Mare clausum: The Right and Dominion of the Sea (London, 1663) which is signed by Alexander Hamilton. We have the First Edition of Blackstone’s Commentaries, 1765-1769, one of the most influential works in the development of the American legal system, works on Greek and Roman laws, Congressional papers dating back to 1791, the Acts of the Parliaments of Scotland from 1681 as well as Laws of the Scottish Borders, 1747. Our collection includes works by famous philosophers Hume and Bentham, as well as the famous Dutch jurist, Hugo Grotius including the 1773 edition of his masterwork De Jure Belli ac Pacis Libri Tres.
**Gordan III, John D. The Lemmon Slave Case. Newsletter of The Historical Society of the Courts of the State of New York Issue 4, 2006. http://www.courts.state.ny.us/history/programs-events/images/Judicial-Notice-Newsletter-04.pdf Accessed 7/17/2013.