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U.Va. restoring Jefferson law book collection

Tuesday - 4/10/2012, 3:35am  ET

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - University of Virginia law school librarians are trying to restore a collection of rare law books that were selected by Thomas Jefferson for the library.

The library has obtained 317 of the books over the past 40 years and is continuing to search for the remaining 58. Some dated to the 1500s.

Many of the law books were lost in an 1895 fire.

The books' titles are in an 1828 list compiled by a librarian who relied on a manuscript prepared by Jefferson. The list is stored in the law library's rare book room.

Law library director Taylor Fitchett says the collection of books provides scholars with valuable insight into Jefferson.

The most recent acquisition was bought in October for $750 from a San Francisco-based dealer.

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