Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Courts of Common Pleas and Exchequer Chamber: From Easter Term 28th George III. 1788, to Hilary Term 36th George III. 1796

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by Henry Blackstone

H. Blackstone's Reports

Title page from Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Courts of Common Pleas and Exchequer Chamber, volume one, George Wythe Collection, Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary.

Author Henry Blackstone
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Published London: Printed by A. Strahan and W. Woodfall, law-printers to the King, for Whieldon and Butterworth
Date 1791-1796
Edition First
Language English
Volumes 2 volume set
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Desc. Folio (33 cm.)
Location Shelf H-5
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Henry Blackstone (b. 1761 or 1762), the nephew of Sir William Blackstone and reporter for the Court of Common Pleas,[1] published the first volume of his reports in 1791 with the second following in 1796. Blackstone "uniformly confined his attention to points of real importance, and throughout his work evinces much accuracy and fidelity, with as great a degree of conciseness as is consistent with perspicuity."[2]

Inscription, title page verso.

Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Brown[3] lists the first edition of Henry Blackstone's reports based on George Wythe's reference in his decision for Devisme v. Martin.[4] Wythe writes "If the bankrupt happen to have property which lies out of the jurisdiction of the law of England, if the country, in which it lies, procede according to the principles of well regulated justice, there is no doubt but, it will give effect to the title of assignees. By Loughborough; H. Blackstones reports, p. 691." The Wolf Law Library purchased a copy of the first edition of Blackstone's Reports.

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

Bound in contemporary calf with the ownership signature of "T. Hinckley, Lichfield" on front pastedown in each volume. Purchased from Forest Books.

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. William Holdsworth, A History of English Law (London: Methuen & Co., Sweet and Maxwell, 1938), 12:140.
  2. J. G. Marvin, Legal Bibliography, or a Thesaurus of American, English, Irish, and Scotch Law Books (Philadelphia: T. and J. W. Johnson, Law Booksellers, 1847), 128.
  3. Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012) Microsoft Word file. Earlier edition available at:
  4. George Wythe, Decisions of Cases in Virginia by the High Court of Cancery with Remarks upon Decrees by the Court of Appeals Reversing Some of Those Decisions (Richmond: Printed by Thomas Nicolson, 1795), 133.