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This 14th-century, pocket-sized compilation of vetera statuta, “ancient statutes,” begins with a copy of the Magna Carta. It is housed at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library in the Anthony Taussig Collection of English Legal Manuscripts.
This page from a 13th-century manuscript of Henry de Bracton’s monumental “On the Laws and Customs of England” includes commentary about the Magna Carta. It is housed at the Lillian Goldman Law Library.
Celebrated jurist Sir Edward Coke (1552-1634) championed the Magna Carta as the pivotal document guaranteeing the rights and liberties of the English people. This 1680 volume of his “short, but necessary observations" is housed at the Lillian Goldman Law Library.
This fine-press edition of “Magna Carta and Other Charters of English Liberties” housed at the law library presents the Magna Carta in both Latin and English. It was published in London in 1938 by Guyon House Press. It is housed at the Lillian Goldman Law Library.
This U.S. postage stamp accompanied a 1965 pocket-sized edition of the Magna Carta published in Worcester, Mass. The text was translated from the original 1215 copy of the Magna Carta at Lincoln Cathedral in England. It is housed at the Lillian Goldman Law Library.
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The Magna Carta at Yale

The Magna Carta, widely considered a cornerstone for British and American constitutional law, is 800 years old this year. Yale houses a trove of rare manuscripts and printed books that feature copies of the Magna Carta or historically significant legal commentary about it.
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