Reports of Cases Adjudged in the Court of King's Bench, from the Thirty-Third Year of King Charles the Second, to the Ninth Year of King William the Third

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by Robert Skinner

Skinner's Reports

Title page from Reports of Cases Adjudged in the Court of King's Bench, George Wythe Collection, Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary.

Author Robert Skinner
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Published [London] In the Savoy: Printed and E. and R. Nutt, and R. Gosling (assigns of E. Sayer) for B. Lintot
Date 1728
Edition First
Language English
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Pages 7 p.l., 520, [29]
Desc. Folio (31 cm.)
Location Shelf F-5
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Little is known about Robert Skinner, the author of Skinner's Reports, published posthumously by the author's son. The volume covers cases in the Court of King's Bench from 1681-1698.[1] "It is quite a good book. It is seldom quoted; ... almost all its cases are reported in books which appeared before it, and so got the start of it in Abridgments, and other manuals of reference."[2]

Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Both Dean's Memo[3] and the Brown Bibliography[4] suggest Wythe owned the first edition (1728) of this title based on notes in John Marshall's commonplace book.[5] The Wolf Law Library purchased a copy of the first edition (1728) for the George Wythe Collection.

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

Rebound in period style in quarter-calf with marbled boards. 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.

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See also


  1. W. S. Holdsworth, A History of English Law (London: Methuen & Co., Sweet and Maxwell, 1924), 6:553.
  2. John William Wallace, The Reporters, Arranged and Characterized with Incidental Remarks, 4th ed. (Boston: Soule and Bugbee, 1882), 394.
  3. Memorandum from Barbara C. Dean, Colonial Williamsburg Found., to Mrs. Stiverson, Colonial Williamsburg Found. (June 16, 1975), 14 (on file at Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary).
  4. Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012) Microsoft Word file. Earlier edition available at:
  5. 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.

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