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Monuments of Imperial Russian Law

All are welcome to an exhibition talk by

WILLIAM E. BUTLER
John Edward Fowler Distinguished Professor of Law and International Affairs
Dickinson School of Law, Pennsylvania State University

Wednesday, May 9, 2012
1:00 – 2:00pm
Room 121, Yale Law School
127 Wall Street, New Haven CT

"Monuments of Imperial Russian Law," now on display in the Yale Law Library, is perhaps the first rare book exhibit in the U.S. to focus on the history of Russian law. The lead curator of the exhibit, Professor William E. Butler of Penn State, will give a talk on the exhibit May 9 in the Yale Law School

The exhibition was co-curated by Mike Widener, Rare Book Librarian in the Lillian Goldman Law Library. It features principal landmarks in Russia's pre-1917 legal literature. Among these are the first printed collection of Russian laws, the 1649 "Sobornoe ulozhenie", and three versions of the "Nakaz", the law code that earned Empress Catherine the Great her reputation.

Butler is the pre-eminent U.S. authority on the law of the former Soviet Union. He is the author, co-author, editor, or translator of more than 120 books on Soviet, Russian, Ukrainian, and post-Soviet legal systems. He is a member of the Grolier Club, the leading U.S. society for book collectors, and the Organization of Russian Bibliophiles. He is also a leading bookplate collector who has authored several reference works on bookplates.

The exhibit is on display through May 25, 2012 in the Rare Book Exhibition Gallery, located on Level L2 of the Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School, 127 Wall Street. The exhibit is open to the public, 9am-10pm daily. The exhibit is also online in the Yale Law Library Rare Books Blog, at http://blogs.law.yale.edu/blogs/rarebooks.