Modern Entries, in English Being a Select Collection of Pleadings in the Courts of King's Bench, Common Pleas and Exchequer

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by John Mallory

Modern Entries
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Title page from Modern Entries, George Wythe Collection, Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary.

Author John Mallory
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Published London, In the Savoy: Printed by E. and R. Nutt, and R. Gosling (asigns of E. Sayer) for R. Gosling
Date 1734
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Language English
Volumes 2 volume set
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Desc. Folio (32 cm.)
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Very little is known about the John Mallory who wrote Modern Entries in English. As the title page indicates, he belonged to the Inner Temple. Scholars acknowledge him as the author of at least two other books: The Attorney's Pocket Companion, first published in 1733,[1] and Quare Impedit, originally produced in 1737.[2] He most likely is also the John Mallory who wrote Objections Humbly Offer'd Against Passing the Bill, Intitled, A Bill For the More Easy and Speedy Recovery of Small Debts, into a Law in 1730.[3]

Arranged under alphabetical headings, Modern Entries in English "aimed at three things: to give a collection of precedents of pleading, to give information as to the law of procedure and pleadings, and to give an abridgment of pleading and practice cases."[4]

Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Listed in the Jefferson Inventory of Wythe's Library as Modern entries 2d v. and given by Thomas Jefferson to Dabney Carr. Editions of this title were published in 1734, 1741 and 1791.[5] The Brown Bibliography[6] includes the first edition (1734) while George Wythe's Library[7] on LibraryThing indicates "1734-35 or 1741." The Wolf Law Library purchased a copy of the 1734 edition.

Description of Wolf Law Library copy

Signature, front pastedown, volume one.

Bound in contemporary calf with blind rules to boards and blind fillets along joints. Spines feature raised bands; volume one includes label with gilt lettering and rules; label missing from volume two. Early owner signature (of William Margetts) to both front pastedowns and occasional annotations in his hand appear on title page and in volumes. Purchased from the Lawbook Exchange.

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.

See also

References

  1. John Mallory, The Attorney's Pocket Companion; or A Guide to the Practisers of the the Law (London, in the Savoy: Printed by E. and R. Nutt, and R. Gosling, 1733). Linked to the author of Modern Entries in English in William Holdsworth, A History of English Law (London: Methuen & Co., Sweet and Maxwell, 1938), 11:359.
  2. John Mallory, Quare Impedit (London: Printed by E. and R. Nutt, 1737). Listed as volume three of Modern Entries in Sweet & Maxwell's Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth comp. W. Harold Maxwell and Leslie F. Maxwell, 2nd ed. (London: John Rees, 1989), 1:273.
  3. John Mallory, Objections Humbly Offer'd Against Passing the Bill, Intitled, A Bill For the More Easy and Speedy Recovery of Small Debts, into a Law (London: Printed for J. Roberts, 1730.
  4. Holdsworth, 1:358.
  5. Sweet & Maxwell's, 1:273.
  6. Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012) Microsoft Word file. Earlier edition available at: https://digitalarchive.wm.edu/handle/10288/13433
  7. LibraryThing, s.v. "Member: George Wythe", accessed on September 27, 2021.