Precedents in Chancery, Being a Collection of Cases Argued and Adjudged in the High Court of Chancery, from the Years 1689 to 1722

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Great Britain, Court of Chancery

Precedents in Chancery

Title page from Precedents in Chancery, George Wythe Collection, Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary.

Author Great Britain, Court of Chancery
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Published [London], In the Savoy: Printed by E. And R. Nutt, and R. Gosling, for Arthur Bettesworth
Date 1733
Edition First
Language English
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Pages 4, 598 (i. e. 588), [40]
Desc. Folio (31 cm.)
Location Shelf I-5
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First published in 1733 and covering cases from 1689 to 1722, Precedents in Chancery has been attributed to "Mr. [Henry] Pooley" and "Mr. Robins."[1] Chief Baron Gilbert possessed the manuscript, but it was stolen and printed clandestinely after his death.[2] "The cases are briefly reported, but are of respectable authority."[3]

Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Both Dean's Memo[4] and the Brown Bibliography[5] suggest Wythe owned this title based on notes in John Marshall's commonplace book.[6]Both list the second (1747) edition as cited in The Papers of John Marshall. However, the cases to which Marshall refers are on identical pages in the first (1733) and second editions which means the edition Marshall used cannot be conclusively identified. Based on this ambiguity, and on availability, the Wolf Law Library purchased a copy of the first edition.

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

Rebound in modern quarter-calf with marbled boards. Spine features six raised bands and green morocco label with gilt lettering.

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. Richard Whalley Bridgman, A Short View of Legal Bibliography: Containing Some Critical Observations on the Authority of the Reporters and other Law Writers (London: Printed for W. Reed, 1807), 264.
  2. W. S. Holdsworth, A History of English Law (London: Methuen & Co., Sweet and Maxwell, 1924), 6:618.
  3. J. G. Marvin, Legal Bibliography or a Thesaurus of American, English, Irish, and Scotch Law Books (Philadelphia: T. & J. W. Johnson, Law Booksellers, 1847), 586.
  4. Memorandum from Barbara C. Dean, Colonial Williamsburg Found., to Mrs. Stiverson, Colonial Williamsburg Found. (June 16, 1975), 13 (on file at Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary).
  5. Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012) Microsoft Word file. Earlier edition available at:
  6. Herbert A. Johnson, Charles T. Cullen, and Nancy G. Harris, eds., The Papers of John Marshall, (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, in association with the Institute of Early American History and Culture, 1974), 1:44.