Seventh Annual Rare Book Lecture

AUSTIN, TEXAS (January 11, 2011) –The Tarlton Law Library at the University of Texas School of Law will present its seventh annual rare book lecture, “Peter Stephen Du Ponceau: Legal Bibliophile” on Thursday, February 3, 2011, at 3:00 p.m. The talk features Professor William E. Butler, the John Edward Fowler Distinguished Professor of Law at the Dickinson School of Law, Pennsylvania State University.

Peter Stephen Du Ponceau

Peter Stephen Du Ponceau was an eighteenth-century immigrant, lawyer, and man-of-letters, whose collection played an important role in the early American Republic.  In his talk, Professor Butler will focus on Du Ponceau’s collection of legal materials, which formed the largest single portion of his library. The exploration of his law books draws upon the auction catalog of his library (reproduced in No. 12 in Tarlton Law Library’s Legal History Series — Peter Stephen Du Ponceau: Legal Bibliophile, authored by Professor Butler), and the legal materials which passed to the American Philosophical Society, his last will and testament, and incidental sources.

William E. ButlerProfessor Butler formerly held the chair of comparative law at University College London.  Professor Butler is a preeminent authority on the law of Russia and other former Soviet republics and the author, co-author, editor, or translator of more than 120 books on Soviet, Russian, Ukrainian and other Commonwealth of Independent States legal systems. Professor Butler is also a bibliographer and a bibliophile.  

For more information on Professor Butler please see his online biography.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Law School’s Sheffield Room (TNH 2.111). Reception to follow.


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Contact: Elizabeth Haluska-Rausch, Rare Books Librarian and Archivist at the Tarlton Law Library, (512) 232-3802,

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