Ius commune book cover of Law of the Seas by Hugo Grotius published 1633

The UCT Law Library houses the Brand van Zyl Collection which was presented to the University Library by the Rt Hon G. Brand van Zyl in June 1949. It comprises legal works collected by his father Dr C.H. van Zyl and himself over 70 years. Additions to the Collection are made by a bequest received for this purpose from the estate of the late Mrs M.E.C. van Zyl. Learn more

This valuable collection now consists of about 2,500 volumes chiefly on Roman-Dutch Law, including many 17th- and 18th-century legal works.

The books are available for use in the Library only and are kept in a special seminar room.

Photo caption: A 11 x 6 cm volume by Hugo Grotius on the Law of the Sea entitled 'Freedom of the Seas', published 1633. Foreground: 1562 work by Van Damhouder with hand coloured illustrations on criminal law. Brand Van Zyl Collection. UCT Special Collections.


The catalogue pages are indexed alphabetically by author. Please click on the first letter of the author's surname to go to that section of the catalogue.

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