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HLS MS No. 56

England. Statutes, Magna Carta to 5 Edw. 2; Tracts

ca. 1311

http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HLS.LIBR:13421122

 

 

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Summary Contents

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  Seq. Fol. No. Item  
10–27f. 1r–9v1Magna Carta, as confirmed 25 Edw. 1 (S.R. 1:114–19) 
27–36f. 9v–14r2Forest Charter, as confirmed 25 Edw. 1 (S.R. 1:120–2) 
36–38f. 14r–15r3Confirmatio cartarum, 25 Edw. 1 (S.R. 1:122–4) 
39–40f. 15v–16r4Statutum de anno et die, 40 Hen. 3 (S.R. 1:7) 
40–42f. 16r–17r5Dies communes in banco, temp. incert. (S.R. 1:208) 
43–46f. 17v–19r6Assize of bread and ale, temp. incert. (S.R. 1:199–200) 
46–46f. 19r–19r7Judicium pillorie, temp. incert (S.R. 1:201–2) 
46–55f. 19r–23v8Statute of Gloucester, 6 Edw. 1, preamble (S.R. 1:45–7) 
55–56f. 23v–24r9Statutum de quo warranto novum, 18 Edw. 1 (S.R. 1:107) 
56–65f. 24r–28v10Statute of Winchester, 13 Edw. 1 (S.R. 1:96–8) 
65–68f. 28v–30r11De iusticiariis assignatis, 21 Edw. 1 (S.R. 1:112) 
68–81f. 30r–36v12Statute of Exeter, temp. incert. (S.R. 1:210–12) 
81–84f. 36v–38r13Writ to the sheriff of Berkshire (Not in S.R) 
84–97f. 38r–44v14Statute of Gloucester, 6 Edw. 1 (S.R. 1:45–50) 
97–99f. 44v–45v15‘Explanation’ of statute of Gloucester, 6 Edw. 1 (S.R. 1:50) 
99–101f. 45v–46v16Statute De viris religiosis, 7 Edw. 1 (S.R. 1:51) 
101–103f. 46v–47v17Statute of Conspirators, temp. incert. (S.R. 1:216) 
103–113f. 47v–52v18‘Statutes of the Exchequer’, temp. incert. (S.R. 1:197 (semel) – (ter)) 
113–115f. 52v–53v19Districtiones scaccarii, temp. incert. (S.R. 1:197 (ter) – 198) 
115–121f. 53v–56v20Statute of Merchants, 11 Edw. 1 (S.R. 1:53–4) 
121–129f. 56v–60v21Provisions of Merton, 20 Hen. 3 (S.R. 1:1–4) 
129–151f. 60v–71v22Statute of Marlborough, 52 Hen. 3 (S.R. 1:19–25) 
152–199f. 72r–95v23Statute of Westminster I, 3 Edw. 1 (S.R. 1:26–39) 
199–205f. 95v–98v24De bigamis, 4 Edw. 1 (S.R. 1:42–3) 
205–290f. 98v–141r25Statute of Westminster II, 13 Edw. 1 (S.R. 1:71–95) 
290–297f. 141r–144v26Statute of Westminster III, 18 Edw. 1 (S.R. 1:106) 
297–300f. 144v–146r27De illis qui debent poni in iuratis et assisis, 21 Edw. 1 (S.R. 1:113) 
300–306f. 146r–149r28Statute of Fines, 27 Edw. 1 (S.R. 1:126–30) 
306–324f. 149r–158r29Articuli super cartas, 28 Edw. 1 (S.R. 1:136–41) 
325–329f. 158v–160v30?Articles of Lincoln, 33 Edw. 1 (Not in S.R) 
329–330f. 160v–161r31Statute of weights and measures, temp. incert (S.R. 1:202–4) 
330–332f. 161r–162r32De militibus, temp. incert. (S.R. 1:229) 
332–338f. 162r–165r33Statuta de Vicecomitibus et Ballivis (Not in S.R.) 
338–339f. 165r–165v34Modus calumpniandi essoniam, temp. incert. (S.R. 1:217–18) 
340–370f. 166r–181r35Cadit assisa (Not in S.R.) 
370–395f. 181r–193v36Judicium essoniorum (Not in S.R.) 
395–435f. 193v–231v37?Casus placitorum (Not in S.R) 
436–477f. 214r–234v38Les noveles ordenances, 5 Edw. 2 (S.R. 1:157–68) 
477–477f. 234v–234v39Ordo excepcionum (Not in S.R.) 

 

Detailed Contents

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Seq. Fol. Label Header  
1no fol., no sig.Spine 
2no fol., no sig.Front cover 
3no fol., no sig.Front pastedown, with label, From the Library of George Dunn of Woolley Hall Near Maidenhead 
  Note: Pencilled notes, some by George Dunn.
4no fol., no sig.Library reference marks 
  Note: Pencilled notes by George Dunn.
5no fol., no sig.Blank 
6no fol., no sig.Blank 
7no fol., no sig.Blank 
8no fol., no sig.Blank 
9no fol., no sig.Blank 
101rMagna Carta, as confirmed 25 Edw. 1. (S.R. 1:114–19) 
  Note: Elaborately decorated initial ‘E’ with floral border around text.
111vMagna 
122rCarta 
132vmagna 
143rCarta 
153vmagna 
164rCarta 
174vmagna 
185rCarta 
195vmagna 
206rCarta 
216vmagna 
227rCarta 
237vmagna 
248rCarta 
258vmagna 
269rCarta 
279vForest Charter, as confirmed 25 Edw. 1. (S.R. 1:120–2)Magna Carta 
  Heading: Carta de foresta.
  Note: Decorated initial ‘E’.
2810rCarta de Forest’ 
2910vCarta de 
3011rForesta 
3111vCarta de 
3212rForesta 
3312vCarta de 
3413rForesta 
3513vCarta de 
3614rConfirmatio cartarum, 25 Edw. 1. (S.R. 1:122–4)Foresta 
  Heading: S’ma’ lib’tat’ Cartar’.
  Note: Decorated initial ‘A’.
3714vS’n’ia s’r 
3815rCartas 
3915vStatutum de anno et die, 40 Hen. 3. (S.R. 1:7) 
  Note: Decorated initial ‘H’.
4016rDies communes in banco, temp. incert. (S.R. 1:208) 
  Heading: Dies communes in Banco.
4116vDies communes 
4217rBanco 
4317vAssize of bread and ale, temp. incert. (S.R. 1:199–200)Assisa 
  Note: Decorated initial ‘Q’.
4418rPanis 
4518vAssisa servisie 
  Note: The page ends in the middle of the Assize of Bread and Ale. [One] fol. is probably missing.
4619r(1) Judicium pillorie, temp. incert. (2) Statute of Gloucester, 6 Edw. 1, preamble. [S.R. (1) 1:201–2 (2) 1:45–7]Judicium pillorie 
  Heading: Incipiunt Statuta de quo Waranto.
  Note: (1) The page begins in the middle of Judicium Pillorie. (2) Decorated initial ‘A’, unfinished.
4719vDe quo 
4820rWaranto 
4920vDe quo 
5021rWaranto 
5121vDe quo 
5222rWaranto 
5322vDe quo 
5423rWaranto 
5523vStatutum de quo warranto novum, 18 Edw. 1. (S.R. 1:107)De quo 
  Note: Decorated initial ‘D’.
5624rStatute of Winchester, 13 Edw. 1. (S.R. 1:96–8)Waranto 
  Heading: Incipiunt Statuta de War’ Winton’.
  Note: Decorated initial ‘P’.
5724vWare 
5825rWinton 
5925vWare 
6026rWinton’ 
6126vWynton’ 
6227rWynton’ 
6327vWynton’ 
6428rWynton’ 
6528vDe iusticiariis assignatis, 21 Edw. 1. (S.R. 1:112) 
  Heading: De Justicar’ assignatis.
  Note: Decorated initial ‘A’.
6629rDe Justic’ Ass’at’ 
6729vDe Justic’ 
6830rStatute of Exeter, temp. incert. (S.R. 1:210–12)Assignatis 
  Heading: Incipiunt Statuta Exon’.
  Note: Decorated initial ‘P’.
6930vStatuta 
7031rExon’ 
7131vStatuta 
7232rExon’ 
7332vStatuta 
7433rExon’ 
7533vStatuta 
7634rExon’ 
7734vStatuta 
7835rExon’ 
7935vStatuta 
8036rExon’ 
8136vWrit to the sheriff of Berkshire. (Not in S.R.)Statuta 
  Note: (1) Decorated initial ‘V’. (2) The writ concerns a complicated piece of litigation. The names of the participants are given in full and should be discoverable, but we have not yet pursued them. The writ is tested by ‘G’ and dated on 6 Dec. in year 29 (1300). If ‘G’ is Gilbert de Thornton, the most plausible ‘G’ around the years in question, then the year of the writ is wrong. Gilbert was CJKB from 1290 to 1295, in which year he died.
8237r 
8337v 
8438rStatute of Gloucester, 6 Edw. 1. (S.R. 1:45–50) 
  Heading: Statuta de Gloucestre.
8538vGlou’ 
  Note: Elaborately decorated initial ‘P’.
8639rCestere 
8739vGlou’ 
8840rCestere 
8940vGlou 
9041rCestre 
9141vGlou 
9242rcestre 
9342vGlou 
9443rCestere 
9543vGlou 
9644rCestere 
9744v‘Explanation’ of statute of Gloucester, 6 Edw. 1. (S.R. 1:50)Glou 
  Heading: Incipiunt Statuta Explanacion??.
  Note: Decorated initial ‘P’.
9845rExplanac’o’es 
9945vStatute De viris religiosis, 7 Edw. 1. (S.R. 1:51)Explanac’o’es 
  Note: Decorated initial ‘C’.
10046rExplanac’ones 
10146vStatute of Conspirators, temp. incert. (S.R. 1:216)Explanac’ones 
  Heading: Incipiunt statuta De Conspiratoribus.
  Note: (1) Decorated initial ‘C’. (2) The text in S.R. is divided into two parts, the French prologue here, and the Latin writ with a separate initial capital on the next page.
10247rDe conspirato’ib’ 
  Note: Decorated initial ‘D’.
10347v‘Statutes of the Exchequer’, temp. incert. (S.R. 1:197 (semel) – (ter)) 
  Heading: Incipiunt Statuta de Scaccario.
  Note: Decorated initial ‘L’.
10448rDe Sc’car’o 
10548vStatuta 
10649rde Sc’car’o 
10749vStatuta 
10850rde Sc’car’o 
10950vStatuta 
11051rde Sc’car’ode Sc’car’o 
11151vStatuta 
11252rde Sc’car’o 
11352vDistrictiones scaccarii, temp. incert. (S.R. 1:197 (ter) – 198)Districc’ones 
  Heading: Districciones Scaccarii.
  Note: Decorated initial ‘P’.
11453rSc’car 
11553vStatute of Merchants, 11 Edw. 1. (S.R. 1:53–4) 
  Heading: Acton’ Burnel.
  Note: Decorated initial ‘P’.
11654rDe Mercatoribz 
11754vDe merca 
11855rtoribz 
11955vDe merca 
12056rtoribz 
12156vProvisions of Merton, 20 Hen. 3. (S.R. 1:1–4) 
  Heading: Incipit provisiones de Merton.
  Note: Decorated initial ‘P’.
12257rMerton 
12357vMerton 
12458rMerton 
12558vMerton 
12659rMertone 
12759vMerton’ 
12860rMertone 
12960vStatute of Marlborough, 52 Hen. 3. (S.R. 1:19–25)Mertone 
  Heading: Incipiunt Statuta de Marleburge.
  Note: Decorated initial ‘A’.
13061rMarleburge 
13161vMarle 
13262rberge 
13362vStatuta 
13463rMarleburge 
13563vStatuta 
13664rMarleburge 
13764vStatuta de 
13865rMarleburge 
13965vStatuta de 
14066rMarleburge [cut off] 
14166vStatuta 
14267rMarleburge [cut off] 
14367vStatuta de [cut off] 
14468rMarleburge [cut off] 
14568vStatuta de 
14669rMarleburge 
14769vStatuta de 
14870rMarleburge 
14970vStatuta de 
15071rMarleburge 
15171vMarleburge 
15272rStatute of Westminster I, 3 Edw. 1. (S.R. 1:26–39) 
  Heading: Incipiunt Statuta Westm’ p’ [cut off].
  Note: Decorated initial ‘C’.
15372vStatuta de 
15473rWestm’ p’ma 
15573vWestm’ 
15674rP’ma 
15774vWestm’ 
15875rP’ma 
15975vWestm’ 
16076rP’mum 
16176vWestm’ 
16277rP’mum 
16377vWestm’ 
16478rP’mum 
16578vWestm’ 
16679rP’mum 
16779vWestm’ 
16880rP’mum 
16980vWestm’ 
17081rP’mum 
17181vWestm’ 
17282rP’mum 
17382vWestm’ 
17483rP’mum 
17583vWestm’ 
17684rP’mum 
17784vWestm’ 
17885rP’mum 
17985vWestm’ 
18086rP’mum 
18186vWestm’ 
18287rP’mum 
18387vWestm’ 
18488rP’mum 
18588vWestm’ 
18689rP’mum 
18789vWestm’ 
18890rP’mum 
18990vWestm’ 
19091rP’mum 
19191vWestm’ 
19292rP’mum 
19392vWestm’ 
19493rP’mum 
19593vWestm’ 
19694rP’mum 
19794vWestm’ 
19895rP’mum 
19995vDe bigamis, 4 Edw. 1. (S.R. 1:42–3)Westm’ p’m 
  Heading: Incipiunt Statuta de Bigamis.
  Note: Decorated initial ‘I’.
20096rDe BigamisDe Bigamis 
20196vDe Bigamis 
20297rDe Bigamis 
  Note: Decorated initial ‘R’.
20397vDe Bigamis 
20498r 
  Note: Decorated initial ‘S’.
20598vStatute of Westminster II, 13 Edw. 1. (S.R. 1:71–95) 
  Heading: Incipiunt Statuta Westm’ Secundi.
  Note: Decorated initial ‘C’.
20699rWestm’ s’m 
20799vWestm’ 
208100rSc’dum 
209100vWestm’ 
210101rSc’dm 
211101vWestm’ 
212102rSc’dm 
213102vWestm’ 
214103rSecundum 
215103vWestm’ 
216104rSc’dm 
217104vWestm’ 
218105rSc’dm 
219105vWestm’ 
220106rSecundum 
221106vWestm’ 
222107rSc’dm 
223107vWestm’ 
224108rSc’dm 
225108vWestm’ 
226109rSc’dm 
227109vWestm’ 
228110rSc’dm 
229110vWestm 
230111rSc’dm 
231111vWestm’ 
232112rSc’dm 
233112vWestm’ 
234113rSc’dm 
235113vWestm’ 
236114rSc’dm 
237114vWestm’ 
238115rSc’dm 
239115vWestm’ 
240116rSc’dm 
241116vWestm’ 
242117rSc’dm 
243117vWestm’ 
244118rSc’dm 
245118vWestm’ 
246119rSc’dm 
247119vWestm’ 
248120rSc’dm 
249120vWestm’ 
250121rSc’dm 
251121vWestm’ 
252122rSc’dm 
253122vWestm’ 
254123rSecundu’ 
255123vWestm’ 
256124rSc’dm 
257124vWestm’ 
258125rSc’dm 
259125vWestm’ 
260126rSc’dm 
261126vWestm’ 
  Note: Faint addition in the same hand as the text.
262127rSc’dm 
263127vWestm’ 
264128rSc’dm 
265128vWestm’ 
266129rSc’dm 
267129vWestm’ 
268130rSc’dm 
269130vWestm’ 
270131rSc’dm 
271131vWestm’ 
272132rSc’dm 
273132vWestm’ 
274133rSc’dm 
275133vWestm’ 
276134rSc’dm 
277134vWestm’ 
278135rSc’dm 
279135vWestm’ 
280136rSc’dm 
281136vWestm’ 
282137rSc’dm 
283137vWestm’ 
284138rSc’dm 
285138vWestm’ 
286139rSc’dm 
287139vWestm’ 
288140rSc’dm 
289140vWestm’ 
290141rStatute of Westminster III, 18 Edw. 1. (S.R. 1:106)Sc’dm 
  Heading: Incipiunt Statuta Westm’ tercii.
  Note: Decorated initial ‘Q’.
291141vWestm’ 
292142rTercii 
293142vWestm’ 
294143rTercium 
295143vWestm’ 
296144rTercium 
297144vDe illis qui debent poni in iuratis et assisis, 21 Edw. 1. (S.R. 1:113)Westm’ ?m 
  Heading: Incipiunt Statuta de Juratoribus.
  Note: Decorated initial ‘Q’.
298145rDe Juratoribz 
299145vStatuta 
300146rStatute of Fines, 27 Edw. 1. (S.R. 1:126–30)de Juratoribz 
  Heading: Incipiunt Statuta de Recognic’ de finibus.
  Note: Decorated initial ‘Q’.
301146vDe Recognic’ 
302147ret finibus 
303147vDe Recogn’ 
304148ret finibus 
305148vDe Recognic’ 
306149rArticuli super cartas, 28 Edw. 1. (S.R. 1:136–41)et finibus 
  Heading: Incipiunt Novi Articuli.
  Note: Decorated initial ‘P’.
307149vNovi 
308150rArticuli 
309150vNovi 
310151rArticuli 
311151vNovi 
312152rArticuli 
313152vNovi 
314153rArticuli 
315153vNovi 
316154rArticuli 
317154vNovi 
318155rArticuli 
319155vNovi 
320156rArticuli 
321156vNovi 
322157rArticuli 
323157vNovi 
324158rArticuli 
325158v?Articles of Lincoln, 33 Edw. 1. (Not in S.R.) 
  Note: These are probably the articles of trailbaston noted in Baker, Cambridge Legal Manuscripts 61 as being in CUL Ms Dd.7.6, art. 79. That text is edited by F.M. Nichols in Archaeologia 40 (1866) 102–5, and what is given here is close enough to leave little doubt that it is the same text, although with variants. The text is quite rare. There is another copy in BL MS Hargrave 336. That this text seems to be hitherto unknown is not surprising, since it is buried without a header or heading following Articuli super cartas. The initial capitals of the articles are deocrated with small grotestques.
326159r 
327159v 
328160r 
329160vStatute of weights and measures, temp. incert. (S.R. 1:202–4) 
  Heading: Com’pio Monete.
  Note: The text is considerably shorter and varies from that in S.R.
330161rDe militibus, temp. incert. (S.R. 1:229) 
  Heading: (1) De mensura ulne. (2) Incipiunt Statuta de militibus.
  Note: Decorated initial ‘D’.
331161vStatuta 
332162rProvisions made in the Exchequer, 12 Edw.1. (S.R. 1:69–70)de militibz 
  Heading: Incipiunt Statuta de Vicecomitibus et Ballivis.
  Note: Decorated initial ‘E’.
333162vDe vic’ & 
334163rBallivis 
335163vDe vic’ & 
336164rBallivis 
337164vDe vic’ 
338165rModus calumpniandi essoniam, temp. incert. (S.R. 1:217–18)et Ballivis 
  Heading: Modus calumpniandi Esson’.
339165vCalu’p’ Esson’ 
340166rCadit assisa. (Not in S.R.) 
  Heading: Incipit Cadit Assisa.
  Note: (1) Decorated initial ‘C’. (2) For this tract, see Baker, Cambridge Legal Manuscripts 77–8, with an extensive list of manuscripts, including this one.
341166vCadit 
342167rass’a 
343167vCadit 
344168rass’a 
345168vCadit 
346169rass’a 
347169vCadit 
348170rass’a 
349170vCadit 
350171rass’a 
351171vCadit 
352172rass’a 
353172vCadit 
354173rass’a 
355173vCadit 
356174rass’a 
357174vCadit 
358175rass’a 
359175vCadit 
360176rass’a 
361176vCadit 
362177rass’a 
363177vCadit 
364178rass’a 
365178vCadit 
366179rass’a 
367179vCadit 
368180rass’a 
369180vCadit 
370181rJudicium essoniorum. (Not in S.R.)ass’a 
  Heading: Summa Ininicio [sic] omnium placitorum in quibus iacent essonia que summa valde utilis Item casus et questiones.
  Note: (1) Decorated initial ‘I’. (2) George Dunn notes this item in the margin. (3) See Baker, Cambridge Legal Manuscripts 78–9, with an extensive list of manuscripts, including this one, but correct the folio reference to 181r.
371181vIninicio 
372182rPlacitorum 
373182vIninicio 
374183rPlacitorum 
375183vIninicio 
376184rPlacitorum 
377184vIninicio 
378185rPlacitorum 
379185vIninicio 
380186rPlacitorum 
381186vIninicio 
382187rPlacitorum 
383187vIninicio 
384188rPlacitorum 
385188vIninicio 
386189rPlacitorum 
387189vIninicio 
388190rPlacitorum 
389190vIninicio 
390191rPlacitorum 
391191vIninicio 
392192rPlacitorum 
393192vIninicio 
394193rPlacitorum 
395193v?Casus placitorum. (Not in S.R.)Ininicio 
  Note: As is noted in pencil in the margin, Judicium essonorium ends here. The French text begins in mid-line without header or heading and with but a paragraph mark separating them. We are inclined to think that the text that follows is a late version of the type known as Casus placitorum. We have not been able to identify this particular text. There is further discussion in the Introduction.
396194r 
397194v 
398195r 
399195v 
400196r 
401196v 
402197r 
403197v 
404198r 
405198v 
406199r 
407199v 
408200r 
409200v 
410201r 
411201v 
412202r 
413202v 
414203r 
415203v 
416204r 
417204v 
418205r 
419205v 
420206r 
421206v 
422207r 
423207v 
424208r 
425208v 
426209r 
427209v 
428210r 
429210v 
430211r 
431211v 
432212r 
433212v 
  Note: Addition in lower margin, same hand as the text.
434213r 
435213v 
  Note: The text ends in mid-sentence at what seems to be quire break. A whole quire may be missing.
436214rLes noveles ordenances, 5 Edw. 2. (S.R. 1:157–68) 
  Note: (1) No decorated initial capital, but space for one. (2) A pencilled note indicates ‘4 E 2 1311’. (3) The manuscript divides the Ordinances of 1311 into two parts, giving the writ of Edward II first, followed by the ordinances themselves.
437214v 
438215r 
  Note: List of bishops, earls, and barons, as if it were they whose seals were set on the foregoing.
439215v 
  Note: No decorated initial capital, but space for one.
440216r 
441216v 
442217r 
443217v 
444218r 
445218v 
446219r 
447219v 
448220r 
449220v 
450221r 
451221v 
452222r 
453222v 
454223r 
455223v 
456224r 
  Note: Addition in lower margin, same hand as the text.
457224v 
458225r 
459225v 
460226r 
461226v 
462227r 
463227v 
  Note: Header or notes in a large hand in top margin, mostly erased, with pencilled notes beneath.
464228r 
  Note: Header or notes in a large hand in top margin, mostly erased.
465228v 
  Note: Header or notes in a large hand in top margin, mostly erased.
466229r 
  Note: Header or notes in a large hand, mostly erased.
467229v 
468230r 
469230v 
470231r 
471231v 
472232r 
473232v 
474233r 
475233v 
476234r 
477234vOrdo excepcionum. (Not in S.R.) 
  Heading: Incipit Ordo excepcionum.
  Note: As noted in Baker, Cambridge Legal Manuscripts 70, this is the table of contents only of a much longer treatise known variously as Ordo excepcionum, Excepciones ad cassandum brevia, and L’Ordre de exception.
478235rBlank except for pencilled layout 
479235vNotes 
  Note: ?Two more entries similar to those in what we identified above as a version of Casus placitorum but in an informal script. Transcription of a writ of trespass involving a horse. The defendant is a Roger de Rokesle, who may be the Roger de Rokesle who appears in Cal. Close R. (1313–1318), 98 (1314).
480236rNotes 
  Note: ?Another entry similar to the previous (faded, could be read under uv). Also, written upside down in a much later script, perhaps as a pen trial: ‘A sumn d' / A justice nre de le lo’.
481236vNotes 
  Note: ?Three more entries similar to the previous (also faded).
482no fol., no sig.Blank 
483no fol., no sig.Blank 
484no fol., no sig.Blank 
485no fol., no sig.Blank 
486no fol., no sig.Blank 
487no fol., no sig.Blank 
488no fol., no sig.Back pastedown, with bookplate, From the Library of George Dunn, Gift of the Alumni of the Harvard Law School 
489no fol., no sig.Back cover