Over the course of a half an hour, I took dozens of photos of books belonging to the founders and others that have been collected by the Law Library over the years.
The highlight of the pieces was a book signed by John Adams in 1803 (pictured above).
Just being in a room with so much history gave me goosebumps. It was a privilege to experience this tucked away treasure of the Regent Law Library.
The oldest book I was able to see was published in the sixteenth century. This was the oldest book, but it didn't have as nearly an impact on me as the much more recent Blackstone Commentaries (Pictured at left). Seeing these vintage volumes made me wonder what it must have been like to study the law hundreds of years ago.
The one surprise was that the room didn't smell too musty. The air conditioning was on which I'm sure played a part in calming the old book smells.
At the bottom of the page you can see an extremly small sample of some of the books housed in the special collections department. I particularly liked how you can see the wear in these books.
Stay tuned for more pictures to be featured on the Law Library blog as well as in our upcoming edition of Brief Remark!