From Law in Blackletter to 'Blackletter Law'

Law Library Journal, Vol. 108, No. 2, pp. 181-216 (2016)

36 Pages Posted: 14 Aug 2016

See all articles by Kasia Solon Cristobal

Kasia Solon Cristobal

The University of Texas School of Law - Tarlton Law Library

Date Written: June 1, 2016

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Cristobal, Kasia Solon, From Law in Blackletter to 'Blackletter Law' (June 1, 2016). Law Library Journal, Vol. 108, No. 2, pp. 181-216 (2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2821866

Kasia Solon Cristobal (Contact Author)

The University of Texas School of Law - Tarlton Law Library ( email )

Austin, TX
United States

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