Rare Books and Special Collections

1 Collection of legal dissertations of the 16th to 18th century formerly owned by the University of Rostock (Juristische Dissertationen, Disputationen, Programme und andere Hochschulschriften im Zeitraum von 1600 bis 1800 aus den Beständen der Universität Rostock) A total of 12,500 volumes of legal dissertations collected by the library of the University of Rostock in northern Germany. The collection consists of dissertations, records of discussions for the acquisition of degrees, study and practice materials, lecture drafts, or all the records up to the evaluation. The collection includes documents that cover every area of legal science, political history, social history, and university education, many of which are from the University of Jena and the University of Leipzig. The collection encompasses the protestant countries of the time.
2 Collection related to modern German law and Italian law This is a collection of researches of German law and Italian law with a focus on local history between the 16th and 20th century. Half of the 588 items (808 volumes) is of the 19th century and 30 percent, the 20th century. Those of the earlier times are relatively small in number. The collection mainly includes collection of regional laws, judgment records, and a variety of literature from independent theses to practical manuals.
3 Rare books related to accounting and bookkeeping Twelve rare books that include "Specchio lucidissimo" by Alvise Casanova (the 16th century) published in 1558 and rare books of Scotland about bookkeeping. Moreover, the 146 volumes of antiquarian books of bookkeeping and accounting published in the U.S. and Europe between the 17th and early 20th century, included in the collection at a later time, fill the temporal gap between the time of Casanova and modern times.
4 Rare books related to Roman law "Ciuilis historae Iuris, siue in XII. Tab. Leges comentarioru libri quinq: historia item iuris pont. Liber Singularis," "Promptvarivm ivris," Corpus iuris civilis: The code of civil law," "Corpus Iuris Civilis , ""Fontes quatuor juris civilis in unum collecti," etc. Chuo University Library houses 1,776 volumes mainly from the collection of books concerning Roman law formerly owned by Dr. Ichiro Haruki (1870-1944) who established research activities in Roman law in Japan and had a relationship with Chuo University.
5 Collection of manuscripts formerly owned by the Boulainvilliers family All the 28 volumes of manuscripts by Comte Henri de Boulainvilliers (1658-1722), a French historian, historian of legal systems, and philosopher. They are valuable documents that help us learn about the absolute monarchism in France before the establishment of the philosophy of the enlightenment in France.
6 Juristische Dissertationen und Disputationen im 17. und 18. Jahrhunderts: Sammlung der Bibliothek des Reichsgerichts: Collection of dissertations of the 17th to 18th century formerly owned by the Reich Supreme Court Library 3,522 volumes of dissertations between 1665 and 1724 collected by the Reich Supreme Court Library, which was the most important and authoritative library in Imperial Germany. The contents are achievements that cover a wide area of laws and regulations. There are relatively many dissertations from the University of Jena and Wittenberg University. They were essential sources of information when judges made judgments.
7 Sancti Aurelii Augustini Hipponensis episcopi Operum: Writings of Aurelius Augustinus, Paris edition Collection of the writings of Aurelius Augustinus (354-430) who was one of the greatest scholars of Christianity during the last days of the Roman Empire and founded the base of theology and philosophy of Western European Christianity. The eleven-volume Paris edition of 1679-1700 (Mauri edition).
8 Collection of Bernard Mandeville's original writings, including the first version, and research papers about him Almost all the editions of the "Fable of the Bees" written by Bernard Mandeville (1670-1733), a writer in 18th century England, his other major writings, and literature related to "arguments over the Fable of the Bees." The documents are important in learning the "Fable of the Bees," in which Mandeville criticized society and the ideas of the time when modern society developed, as well as the full scope of his ideas and his position in the history of ideas.
9 Collection related to David Hume Collection related to David Hume (1711-1776), the main figure among the empiricist philosophers of Britain. Every edition of all his writings published before his death is available in this library. Moreover, there are 301 items that include, among others, twenty handwritten letters of Hume and two notes by contemporaries. Also included are writings of over 150 thinkers that are essential for the study of the arguments over ideas made in the mid 17th to 18th century England and their contents.
10 First edition British classical economics books First editions of "An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations" by Adam Smith (1723-1790); "An Essay on the Principle of Population " by Thomas Robert Malthus (1766-1834); "On the Principles of Political Economy and Taxation" by David Ricardo (1772-1823); "Elements of Political Economy" by James Mill (1773-1836) .
11 Collection of the writings of Jeremy Bentham A collection of writings of Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832), an English jurist, philosopher, and a leading theorist of the utilitarian reform movement. A total of 110 items, mainly consisting of books formerly owned by Sir Francis Burdett, a member of the House of Commons of England, and Edward Livingston, an American politician.
12 "The Capital: a critique of political economy" by Karl Heinrich Marx, the first editions published in various countries German-version, French-version, and English-version first edition "The Capital: a critique of political economy" by Karl Heinrich Marx (1818-1883).


Thomas Hardy collection First edition books, the magazine his article first appeared in, letters, original portraits, etc. of Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), an English novelist and poet. A total of 342 items collected by Dr. James Gibson, a famous English Hardy scholar.
14 Collection of publications printed by the Kelmscott Press Books produced and published, using an original form of type, by the Kelmscott Press, a private press of William Morris (1834-1896), an English poet, writer, artist, craftsman, socialist, and public torchbearer. It can be said that the 53 books produced before his death and 11 after his death are works of art.
15 Collection of books formerly owned by Professor Otto Brunner Part of the books formerly owned by Otto Brunner (1898-1982), a prominent medieval historian of the twentieth century. A total of 4,222 items that mainly include history-related books covering every area of social science, although there are not many rare ones.
16 Japanese medieval books "Kokyaku Honsengaeshi Den no Koto," "Iganokuni Sansho Ichido Moushijo," "Ashikaga Nidai Shogun Yoshiakira Kanjo: Letter of commendation by Ashikaga Yoshiakira, the second Ashikaga shogun)," "Otomo Sorin Shojo: Letter by Otomo Sorin," "Toyotomi Hideyoshi Shojo: Letter by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, "Niiro Musashinokami Tadamoto Jihitsu Shojo: Letter handwritten by Niiro Musashinokami Tadamoto," "Taiko Kenchicho: Taiko Hideyoshi's cadastral survey records," "Toyotomi Hideyoshi Shuinjo: vermillion-sealed permit by Toyotomi Hideyoshi."
17 Documents related to the Saburi Family of Higo Fief-related documents issued by successive feudal lords and addressed to the Saburi Family, one of the old-established families of Higo, now Kumamoto Prefecture. There are 24 items, including "Kato Kiyomasa Shoryo Ategai Kokuinjo: Black-sealed deed of grant of land from Kato Kiyomasa," and "Hosokawa Tadaoki Chigyo Ategaijo: Deed of grant of fief from Hosokawa Tadaoki" between the 6th year of Keicho (1601) and the first year of Genji (1864).
18 Japenese modern books The collection includes a variety of documents such as "Goshuinjo: vermillion-sealed permit" and other control-related documents, Murakata (villagers)- and Machikata (townsmen)-related documents, etc., which have been collected with a focus on the relation to the history of the legal system. There are 852 items of the mid Edo period and after and 79 items of the early Meiji period.
19 法理精華(Hori Seika: a law school journal) The journal of the Igirisu Law School founded in the 18th year of Meiji (1885), which is the predecessor of the current journal titled "Hogaku Shimpo." A complete collection from Volume 1 Issue 1, launched in January, 1889 (the 22nd year of Meiji), to Volume 7 Issue 38 (serial number) published on July 15, 1890 (the 23rd year of Meiji), which being the last issue because the publication was banned due to a dispute with the government over the corpus of civil law. This is the first item designated as a rare book by Chuo University Library.
20 Collection related to Hasegawa Nyozekan Letters, manuscripts, photos, etc. of Nyozekan Hasegawa, a graduate of Tokyo Hogakuin (predecessor of Chuo University) active as a journalist and person of letters between the Meiji period and the 40s of Showa (1965-74) and of those who had relationships with him. The collection includes 550 items, mainly those formerly owned by Ms. Yamamoto, his niece, and Mr. Ryuichi Kaji, an economist and higher-ranked disciple of Hasegawa. The collection also includes 2,411 books formerly owned by Hasegawa.
21 Introductory elementary books popularly used by the general public in Korea presented by Dr. Manabu Watanabe Text books used for introductory elementary education in Korea. The collection has been donated by Dr. Manabu Watanabe, a professor emeritus of Musashi University. There are 198 items, consisting of wood print books, type print books, and manuscript books, some of which were imported from China and others were published by evading monitoring by the government-general of Chosen.