In my earlier posts, I mentioned the contribution that lawyers have made to libraries and to our understanding of the law. Speaking of a personal library, the prime example must be the Ess Collection, which was the largest individual contribution to the Harvard Collection. There is a delightful essay by Ess which describes the library of a Sixteenth Century English Lawyer at .
Ess was an interesting chap – I found it fascinating that his collection was largely stored at Sullivan and Cromwell – see http://www.law.harvard.edu/faculty/martin/ess_bio.htm
And there is a nice summary of Ess' place among Harvard benefactors at http://hul.harvard.edu/publications/letters011119.pdf at page 9. Not all the scholars are found in the law schools.
Coming closer to home, there is a delightful examination of the life of the mind of one of the leading civilian judges, a wonderful gentleman I met almost twenty years ago called Albert Mayrand. Exploring his library as a way of probing the thinking of a great judge is found at http://www.utpjournals.com/product/utlj/531/531_Fernandez.html
As we move to digital libraries, I can't imagine anyone poring over Ian Binnie's Bookmarks in quite the same way.
The world we are losing….