From Law in Blackletter to 'Blackletter Law'
Law Library Journal, Vol. 108, No. 2, pp. 181-216 (2016)
36 Pages Posted: 14 Aug 2016
Date Written: June 1, 2016
Where does the phrase “blackletter law” come from? Chasing down its origins uncovers not only a surprising turnabout from blackletter law’s original meaning, but also prompts examination of a previously overlooked subject: the history of the law’s changing appearance on the page. This history ultimately provides a cautionary tale of how appearances have hindered access to the law.
Keywords: Legal history, typography, paleography, bibliography, history of the book
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