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August 2008

Library Receives Hoffman Gift

The Thurgood Marshall Law Library recently acquired a book that was originally part of the personal library of law school founder David Hoffman. The book, a gift from a retired law librarian, was published in 1818 and is titled “The identity of Junius with a distinguished living character established. Including the supplement, consisting of facsimiles of hand-writing and other illustrations.” The book details evidence used to determine the identity of “Junius” - a psudenonymous political writer and commentator in early 19th Century England.

The work is particularly interesting for the presence of Hoffman’s personal property stamp on the front cover. The work is not mentioned in the auction catalog of 1847 when Hoffman, who intended to move to England permanently that year, sold his library. This suggests that this particular book had passed out of his possession before then. Cover - Title Page

This is the only copy of the 1818 American edition in the University of Maryland System.

For more about Hoffman and his life and career see: David Hoffman and the Science of Jurisprudence.

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