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The Works of John Selden

The Selden Collection

Portrait of John SeldenOne of the highlights of the Tarlton Law Library’s Rare Book Collection is a collection of works by the Englishman John Selden, a renowned legal scholar who lived from 1584 to 1654.

A man of many talents, Selden had wide and varied interests that spurred him from his foundation as a lawyer to become also a historian, religious scholar, linguist, antiquarian, and member of Parliament.

Not least among his accomplishments as well was that of being a distinguished and prolific author. Selden wrote dozens of works on a range of topics, from his first compositions on ancient Assyria to his last efforts on Judaic law. The Tarlton Law Library is fortunate to have first or early editions of all of his writings.