Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the High Court of Chancery, and of Some Special Cases Adjudged in the Court of King's Bench
by William Peere Williams
|Peere Williams' Reports|
Title page from Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the High Court of Chancery, volume one, George Wythe Collection, Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary.
|Author||William Peere Williams|
|Published||[London] In the Savoy: Printed by E. and R. Nutt, and R. Gosling (assigns of E. Sayer) for T. Osborne|
|Volumes||3 volume set|
|Desc.||Folio (33 cm.)|
William Peere Williams (1664/5 – 1736) was admitted to Gray's Inn in 1680 and became a member of the bar in 1687. He served as bencher of his Inn (1722) and treasurer from 1726 to 1728. Williams has been credited as "the first full and clear reporter of Chancery cases." Williams' reports were published posthumously by his son.
Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library
Listed in the Jefferson Inventory of Wythe's Library as "P. W. rep. 3.v. fol." and given by Thomas Jefferson to Dabney Carr. The Brown Bibliography includes the first edition, while George Wythe's Library on LibraryThing indicates "Precise edition unknown. Folio editions of the first two volumes were published at London in 1740 and 1746; the third volume was published at London in 1749." The Wolf Law Library followed Brown's suggestion and acquired a copy of the first edition for the George Wythe Collection.
Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy
Bound in contemporary full calf. Spines in seven compartments with decorative gilt stamps and raised bands. Has maroon label with gold title stamp and an engraved frontispiece in volume one. Each volume includes the nineteenth-century armorial bookplate of the Earls of Macclesfield, Shirburn Castle, Oxfordshire, England.