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
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.
|Published||London: Printed by A. Strahan and W. Woodfall, law-printers to the King, for Whieldon and Butterworth|
|Volumes||2 volume set|
|Desc.||Folio (33 cm.)|
Henry Blackstone (b. 1761 or 1762), the nephew of Sir William Blackstone and reporter for the Court of Common Pleas, 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."
Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library
Brown lists the first edition of Henry Blackstone's reports based on George Wythe's reference in his decision for Devisme v. Martin. 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.
- William Holdsworth, A History of English Law (London: Methuen & Co., Sweet and Maxwell, 1938), 12:140.
- 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.
- Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012) Microsoft Word file.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.
- 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.