Cases in Law and Equity, Chiefly During the Time the Late Earl of Macclesfield Presided in the Courts of King's-Bench and Chancery

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by Robert Lucas

Cases in Law and Equity

Title page from Cases in Law and Equity, George Wythe Collection, Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary.

Author Robert Lucas
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Published London, In the Savoy: Printed by E. and R. Nutt, and R. Gosling (assigns of Edw. Sayer, Esq;) for T. Ward and E. Wicksteed
Date 1736
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Language English
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Pages ii, 538, [94]
Desc. Folio (34 cm.)
Location Shelf G-5
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Not much is known about Robert Lucas other than that he was a barrister who left the legal profession to become a minister in the county of York.[1] First published in 1736, the reporter Cases in Law and Equity includes cases out of the courts of law and equity from 1709-1721[2] and is ascribed to Lucas in subsequent editions of 1741 and 1769.[3] In 1769, this reporter was included as the tenth volume of the twelve volume collection Modern Reports.[4] The work does not possess much authority and has been cited infrequently.[5]

Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Listed in the Jefferson Inventory of Wythe's Library as "Cases in L. & Eq. or 10th. Modern. fol." and kept by Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson later sold a copy to the Library of Congress in 1815, but the volume no longer survives to verify Wythe's previous ownership.[6] Both the Brown Bibliography[7] and George Wythe's Library[8] on LibraryThing list the first edition (1736) of this title. The Wolf Law Library followed their recommendations and moved a copy of the same edition from another rare book collection to the George Wythe Collection.

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

Rebound in period style with blue title label and marbled endpapers. Purchased through the generosity of Daniel W. Baran and Lena Stratton Baran, Class of 1936.

Images of the library's copy of this book are available on Flickr. View the record for this book in William & Mary's online catalog.

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See also


  1. John William Wallace, The Reporters Arranged and Characterized with Incidental Remarks (Boston: Soule and Bugbee, 1882), 386.
  2. W. S. Holdsworth, A History of English Law (Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1924) 6:554.
  3. Ibid.
  4. Ibid., 349, 352.
  5. Ibid.
  6. E. Millicent Sowerby, Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, (Washington, D.C.: The Library of Congress, 1952-1959), 2:346 [no.2075].
  7. Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012) Microsoft Word file. Earlier edition available at:
  8. LibraryThing, s.v. "Member: George Wythe," accessed on March 4, 2014.