Reports of That Grave and Learned Judge, Sir John Bridgman, Knight; Serjeant at Law, sometime Chief Justice of Chester. To Which Are Added Two Exact Tables, the One of the Cases, and the Other of the Principal Matters Therein Contained

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by Sir John Bridgman

Bridgman's Reports

Title page from Reports of that Grave and Learned Judge, Sir John Bridgman, George Wythe Collection, Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary.

Author Sir John Bridgman
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Published London: Printed by Tho. Roycroft for J. Twyford, Tho. Dring, and Jo. Place
Date 1659
Edition First
Language English
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Pages [6], 142, [6]
Desc. Folio (29 cm.)
Location Shelf E-4
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Originally composed in French, these reports were translated into English and published after Bridgman's death. "The reporter was a Sergeant-At-Law, and a Chief Justice of Chester, 'the memory of whose great learning and profoundness in the knowledge of the laws of England still remain.' The cases are pretty fully reported, 'but they embrace so short a period that they are not often referred to, nor do we understand that they are highly esteemed.'"[1] Bridgman gives concise statements of the judgments in each case, an expansive description of his own arguments, but "the arguments of counsel other than himself are hardly given at all."[2]

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Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

The Brown Bibliography[3] suggests Wythe owned this title based on quotations in the manuscript version of John Marshall's law notes. Brown lists the 1659 edition based on the copy Thomas Jefferson sold to the Library of Congress in 1815.[4] The Wolf Law Library moved a copy of the first edition from another rare book collection to the George Wythe Collection.

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

Rebound around 1980. Previous owner's signaure, "Nathan Sanford", on front flyleaf, title page, and first page of text. Purchased through the generosity of Daniel W. Baran and Lena Stratton Baran, Class of 1936.

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. 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), 148.
  2. John William Wallace, The Reporters, Arranged and Characterized with Incidental Remarks, 4th ed. (Boston: Soule and Bugbee, 1882), 248.
  3. Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012) Microsoft Word file. Earlier edition available at:
  4. E. Millicent Sowerby, Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, (Washington, D.C.: The Library of Congress, 1952-1959), 2:335 [no.2048].