The George Wythe Room at the Wolf Law Library

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George Wythe (1726 – 1806), William & Mary's — and America's — first law professor, assembled one of the most important libraries in eighteenth-century Virginia. Wythe's collection included Western classics, history, philosophy, science, mathematics, and law. These books had a direct impact on the development of Virginia law and the law of the new nation. In 2005 the Wolf Law Library began a project to replicate Wythe's library, focusing on items of a legal nature, but reflecting the breadth of Wythe's interests. The George Wythe Room houses our collection of about 330 of the roughly 500 titles in Wythe's collection. For a bibliography of the books, see the George Wythe Collection Title List. For a complete list of the books owned by Wythe, see Wythe's Library.

The images below represent the permanent exhibit. Copies owned by Wythe are indicated with a . Select a book to view more details about the titles on that shelf:

Marshall Wall

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New and Complete Dictionary of Arts and Sciences

Lowth's De Sacra Poesi Hebræorum

Grotius's De Veritate Religionis Christianae

Nelson's Companion for the Festivals and Facts of the Church of England

Book of Common Prayer in Greek

Orosius, The Anglo-Saxon Version

Hume's History of England

Bolingbroke's Remarks on the History of England

Bolingbroke's Dissertation Upon Parties

Bolingbroke's Letter to Sir William Windham

Buchanan's Rerum Scoticarum Historia

Caldwell's Debates Relative to the Affairs of Ireland

Pelloutier's Historie Des Celtes

Recherches Historiques et Politiques sur les États-Unis de l'Amérique Septentrionale

Recherches Historiques et Politiques sur les États-Unis de l'Amérique Septentrionale

 

The History and Proceedings of the House of Lords

The History and Proceedings of the House of Lords

Engraving of John Marshall, by Albert Rosenthal

Les Reports de Sir Gefrey Palmer

Les Reports de Sir Gefrey Palmer

Nelson's Reports

Hughes's Reports

Sheppard's Epitome

Wingate's Maximes of Reason

Blackstone's Law Tracts

Fitzherbert's New Natura Brevium

Bracton's De Legibus et Consuetudinibus Angliae

Britton

Fleta

Glanville's Tractatus de Legibus

Hale's History of the Common Law of England

Saint Germain's Doctor and Student

Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England

Kames's Historical Law Tracts

Noy's Treatise of the Principal Grounds and Maximes of the Lawes

Finch's Nomotexnia

Vernon's Reports

Vernon's Reports

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Encyclopaedia, or, A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Miscellaneous Literature

Encyclopaedia, or, a Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Miscellaneous Literature

Encyclopaedia, or, a Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Miscellaneous Literature

Voyage Littéraire de la Grèce

Voyage Littéraire de la Grèce

 

Companion for the Festivals and Fasts of the Church of England

Companion for the Festivals and Fasts of the Church of England

Volney's Voyage en Syrie et en Égypte

Savary's Lettres sur l'Égypte

Chastellux's Travels in North-America

Franklin's Interest of Great Britain

Mirabeau's Considerations on the Order of Cincinnatus

Mazzei's Recherches Historiques et Politiques sur les États-Unis de l'Amérique Septentrionale

Marshall's Life of George Washington

Atlas for Marshall's Life of George Washington

Stith's History of Virginia

The History and Proceedings of the House of Commons

The History and Proceedings of the House of Commons

The History and Proceedings of the House of Commons

★ Proceedings of the Convention of Delegates (Wythe's copy)

Pufendorf's De Officio Hominis & Civis

Brooke's Graunde Abridgement

Hughes' Reports

 

Blackstone's Commentaries

Hale's Pleas of the Crown

Burn's Ecclesiastical Law

Laws of the United States

Tucker's Blackstone

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Encyclopaedia, or, a Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Miscellaneous Literature

 

Encyclopaedia, or, A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Miscellaneous Literature

Encyclopaedia, or, A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Miscellaneous Literature

Plutarch's Lives

Barthélemy's Travels of Anacharsis the Younger in Greece

Potter's Antiquities of Greece

Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War

Guys' Voyage Littéraire de la Grèce

Guys' Voyage Littéraire de la Grèce

Machiavelli's History of Florence

Arrowsmith's A New and Elegant General Atlas

Wythepedia: The George Wythe Encyclopedia

Wythe Pleading

 

★ Latch's Plusieurs Tres-Bons Cases

Style's Practical Register

Taylor's Elements of Civil Law

Law of Covenants

Craig's Jus Feudal

Dalrymple's Essay Towards a General History of Feudal Property

Gilbert's Law of Uses and Trusts

Perkins on Conveyancing

Sheppard's Touch-stone of Common Assurances

Gilbert's Law of Devises

Godolphin's Orphan's Legacy

Nelson's Lex Testamentaria

Jones's Essay on the Law of Bailments

Cunningham's Law of Bills of Exchange

Brydall's Jus Sigilli

Crompton's Authoritie et Jurisdiction des Courts

Lambarde's Eirenarcha

Fourth Part of Coke's Institutes

Gilbert's Law of Evidence

Third Part of Coke's Institutes

The Four Books of Justinian's Institutions

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Anicii Manlii Severini Boetii Consolationis Philosophiae

Bacon's Of the Advancement and Proficiencie of Learning

Philosophical Works of Lord Bolingbroke

Aldrich's Artis Logicae Compendium

Gadbury's Genethlialogia

Kames' Essays on the Principles of Morality and Natural Relgion

Bryant's New System, or, An Analysis of Ancient Mythology

Delany's Doctrine of Abstinence from Blood Defended

Marci Minucii Felicis Octavius

The Holy Bible

Stackhouse's History of the Holy Bible

The Holy Bible

The Holy Bible

Jefferson's Notes on the State of Virginia

Guthrie's New System of Modern Geography

Pinkerton's Modern Geography

Atlas by Arrowsmith and Lewis

Steuart's Political Oeconomy

Philipps's Tenenda Non Tollenda

Rowlett's Tables of Discount

Price's Observations on Reversionary Payments

Beccaria's Essay on Crimes and Punishments

History and Proceedings of the House of Lords

History and Proceedings of the House of Lords

Aristotle's Treatise on Government

Filmer's Patriarcha

Paine's Rights of Man

Debates and Other Proceedings of the Convention of Virginia

Leonard's Reports

Owen's Reports

Coke's Reports

★ Coke's Reports (Wythe's copy)

Hobart's Reports

March's Reports

Style's Narrationes Modernae

T. Raymond's Reports

Brownlow and Goldesborough's Reports

Hutton's Reports

Bridgman's Reports

Barnes's Reports

Barnes's Reports

Hardres's Reports

Comyns' Reports

Comyns' Reports

Acts of the General Assembly of Virginia (1803)

Washington's Reports

Call's Reports

Call's Reports

Hening's New Virginia Justice

Vinnius's Commentary on Justinian's Institutes

Harris's Translation of Justinian's Institutes

Theophilus's Paraphrase of Justinian's Institutes

Pothier's Treatise on Obligations

Rutherforth's Institutes of Natural Law

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The Works of Francis Bacon

The Works of John Locke

Klēmentos Alexandreōs ta Euriskomena

Hammond's New Testament Paraphrase

The Works of Richard Hooker

The Works of Dr. John Tillotson

Barclay's Apology for the True Christian Divinity

Blair's Chronology and History of the World

The Works of Sir William Temple

Clarendon's History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England

Sandys Travels

The Works of Flavius Josephus

Strabonis Rerum Geographicarum Libri XVII

Postlethwayt's Universal Dictionary of Trade and Commerce

The Oceana of James Harrington

Pufendorf's Of the Law of Nature and Nations

Domat's Civil Law in its Natural Order

Shower's Cases in Parliament

The Year Books

The Year Books

Dyer's Reports

Croke's Reports

Yelverton's Reports

Bulstrode's Reports

Rolle's Reports

Palmer's Reports

Jones's Reports

Siderfin's Reports

Keble's Reports

Modern Reports

Modern Reports

Modern Reports, Volume 7

Saunder's Reports

Rolle's Abridgment

Ventris's Reports

Pollexfen's Reports

Shower's King's Bench Reports

Skinner's Reports

Comberbach's Reports

Carthew's Reports

Holt's Reports

Salkeld's Reports

Raymond's Reports

Comyns's Reports

Fortescue-Aland's Reports

Lucas's Reports

Strange's Reports

Barnardiston's Reports

Andrews's Reports

Eight Centuries of Reports

Vaughan's Reports

Blackstone's Reports

Bunbury's Reports

Chancery Reports

Finch's Reports

Vernon's Reports

 

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Jefferson Wall

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Harris's Philological Inquiries

Harris's Hermes

A Grammar of the Greek Language

Lud. Kusterus De Vero Usu Verborum Mediorum

Hederich's Graecum Lexicon Manuale

Littleton's Latin Dictionary

Complete Works of Isocrates

Longinus's On the Sublime

Works of Lucian of Samosata

Works of Lucian of Samosata

Works of Lysias

The First Part of the Institutes of the Lawes of England

The First Part of the Institutes of the Lawes of England

Engraved portrait of Thomas Jefferson, by David Edwin.

Officium Vicecomitum: The Office and Avthoritie of Sherifs

The Plays of Shakespeare

The Plays of Shakespeare

The Works of Shakespeare

Stipple engraving of George Wythe by J.B. Longacre

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Discourses of Lycurgus (and others)

Aelian's Varia Historia

The Tragedies of Aeschylus

Odes of Anacreon (Latin)

Odes of Anacreon (English)

The Metamorphoses of Antonius Liberalis

Appianus's Roman History

Works of Bion of Smyrna and Moschus

Callimachus

Colluthus's Rape of Helen

Demetrius of Phalerum on Elocution

Works of Demosthenes and Aeschine

Dionysius of Halicarnassus's Peri Syntheseōs Onomatōn

Epictetus's Manuale et Sententiae

Euripides's Medea and The Phoenician Women

The Tragedies of Euripides

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Works of Pindar

 

Plutarch's Morals

Plutarch's Morals

The Works of Cicero

Pliny the Younger's Letters

Quintillian's Institutione Oratoria

Statius's Silvae, Thebaid, and Achilleid

The Works of Suetonius

The Works of Tacitus

Terence's Six Comedies

The Works of Tibullus and Propertius

Valerius Maximus

Velleius Paterculus's Roman History

The Works of Virgil (Latin)

Virgil's Bucolica, Georgica, et Aeneis

The Works of Virgil (English)

★ Blair's Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres (Wythe's copy)

The Plays of William Shakespeare

The Plays of William Shakespeare

 

Dryden's Works

Dryden's Works

 

The Works of Alexander Pope

The Works of Alexander Pope

The Works of Laurence Sterne

The Works of Jonathan Swift

Mathias's Pursuits of Literature

Poems and Compositions in Prose on Several Occasions

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Graecum Lexicon Manuale

Plato's Philosophy

Plutarch's Morals

Polybius'Histories

Ovid's Metamorphosis

 

Quintus Horatius Flaccus

Quintus Horatius Flaccus

 

Pliny's Natural History

George Wythe's shoe buckle

 

Decisions of Cases in Virginia, by the High Court of Chancery (Nelson Copy)

The Works of Francis Rabelais

The Works of Francis Rabelais

 

Essays of Michael Seigneur de Montaigne

 

Vida's De Arte Poetica

Vida's De Arte Poetica

Addison's Miscellaneous Works

Butler's Hudibras

Darwin's Botanic Garden

The Works of John Dryden

Poems of Ossian

Milton's Paradise Lost

Milton's Paradise Regain'd

The Works of Alexander Pope

Caii Julii Caesaris et A. Hirtii de Rebus a Caesare Gestis Commentarii

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Herodotus's Histories

Homer's Iliad in Greek and Latin

Incerti scriptoris Graeci fabulae aliquot Homericae

Homer's Odyssey

 

Appianou Alexandreōs Rōmaika

The Tragedies of Sophocles

The Works of Theocritus

The Idylliums of Theocritus

Tyrtaeus's Spartan Lessons

Xenophon's Hellenica and Agesilaus

Minor Latin Poets

The Works of Caesar

 

Platonis Philosophi Quae Extant Graece

Select Orations of Cicero

Curtius Rufus's History of Alexander the Great

Gellius's Attic Nights

The Works of Horace (Latin)

The Works of Horace (English)

Horace's Epodes, Sermons, Epistles, and Ars Poetica

Justin's Historiarum Philippicarum

Satires of Juvenal and Persius

Livy's History

Lucretius's Of the Nature of Things (Latin)

Lucretius's Of the Nature of Things (English)

Nepos's On Famous Men

Ovid's Metamorphosis

The Satyricon of Petronius

The Fables of Phaedrus

The Comedies of Plautus

Pliny the Elder's Natural History

Walker's Critical Pronouncing Dictionary

De Arte Poetica

Erasmus's Adages

Montaigne's Essays

Rabelais's Works

The Works of Montesquieu

Cervantes's Don Quixote

The Connoisseur

Darwin's Botanic Garden

Darwin's Botanic Garden  

William & Mary Charter Oak

Martin's Philosophical Grammar

Elements of Euclid (Latin)

Elements of Euclid (English)

Emerson's Treatise of Algebra

Newton's Arithmetica Universalis

Ward's Young Mathematician's Guide

Hutton's Mathematical Tables

Martin's Philosophia Britannica

Helsham's Course of Lectures in Natural Philosophy

Goldsmith's History of the Earth and Animated Nature

Hippocrates's Aphorisms

Dobson's Medical Commentary on Fixed Air

Gibson's Treatise of Practical Surveying

Glasse's Art of Cookery

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Peere Williams's Reports

Gilbert's Reports

Forrester's Cases in Equity

Atkyns's Reports

Vesey's Reports

Precedents in Chancery

Abridgment of Cases in Equity

Abridgment of Cases in Equity

Sir Francis Moore's Cases

Bacon's Abridgment

 

Bacon's Abridgment

Bacon's Abridgment

Viner's Abridgment

Viner's Abridgment

Viner's Abridgment

Viner's Abridgment

Viner's Abridgment

Viner's Abridgment

Jacob's New Law Dictionary

Coke's Book of Entries

English Works of Sir Henry Spelman

Registrum Brevium

Coke's Second Part of the Institutes

Ballow's Treatise of Equity

Kames's Principles of Equity

Booth's Nature and Practice of Real Actions

Coke on Littleton (First Part of the Institutes)

Pigott's New Precedents in Conveyancing

Swinburne's Treatise of Testaments and Last Wills

Cooke's Common Pleas Reports

Dalton's Countrey Justice

Dalton's Officium Vicecomitum

Brownlow Latine Redivivus

Winch's Beau Pledeur

Hale's Historia Placitorum Coronae

Hawkins's Treatise of the Pleas of the Crown

Foster's Reports

Collection of Acts of the Virginia Assembly (1733)

Acts of Virginia Assembly (1769)

Collection of Virginia's Public Acts (1785)

Collection of Public Acts of the Virginia Assembly (1794)

Wythe's Reports (1795)

Wythe's Reports (1852)

Corpus Juris Civilis

Grotius's Rights of War and Peace

Spence's Polymetis

 

Bibliothēkēs Historikēs ta Sōzomena

 

Scapula's Greek-Latin Lexicon

Cooper's Thesaurus Linguae Romanae & Britannicae

Diodurus's Library

Herodotus's Histories

Homer's Iliad (Greek)

Homer's Odyssey (Greek)

Pausanias's Descriptions of Greece

Thucydides's History of the Peloponnesian War

Works of Caesar

Works of Abraham Cowley

Milton's Historical and Political Works

 

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