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by John Latch

Latch's Reports

Title page from Plusieurs Tres-Bons Cases, George Wythe Collection, Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary.

Author John Latch
Editor Edward Walpole
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Published London: Printed by T.R. for H. Twyford, T. Dring, and J. Place
Date 1661
Edition First
Language Law French
Volumes {{{set}}} volume set
Pages [12], 275, [21]
Desc. Folio (28 cm.)
Location Shelf E-4
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Little is known of John Latch. His reports result from a copy Latch made of another manuscript borrowed, perhaps, from Gefrey Palmer.[1] Because Latch's reports were published posthumously, he may never have intended to publish his copy. Indeed, the uneven quality of the reports hints that Latch had no such intention. One writer describes the volume: "Sometimes, though not often, there is a full and pretty sensible case; then a good many cases in which you have nothing but some abstract point of law in two or three to a half dozen lines, without either statement of case, argument, or judgment ...[2] Another writes, "the want of the finishing touch is in many parts glaringly conspicuous."[3]

Inscription, front flyleaf.

Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Brown's Bibliography[4] lists the first edition of this title based on entries in the manuscript version of John Marshall's law notes. The Wolf Law Library followed Brown's suggestion and purchased a copy of the first edition.

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

Bound in modern full calf, boards ruled with gilt. Five bands on spine with gilt rules and embellishments. Original(?) red morocco label with gilt lettering. Title page inscribed "Lestr. Calthorpe." Front flyleaf inscribed "1798, bot. at Vendors of A. Pearce's Books" with the signatures of "Wm. Th. Wilkins, Decd. and "Amos Pearce." Bound with three other titles: Sir Richard Hutton's The Reports of that Reverend and Learned Judge, Sir Richard Hutton ... Sometimes One of the Judges of the Common Pleas, Containing Many Choice Cases, Judgements, and Resolutions, in Points of Law, in the Severall Raignes of King James and King Charles (London: Printed by T.R. for H. Twyford and T. Dring, 1656; and two works by Sir John Davies, Les Reports des Cases & Matters en Ley, Resolves & Adjudges en les Courts del Roy en Ireland (London: Printed by E. Flesher, J. Streater, and H. Twyford, assigns of Richard Atkyns and Edward Atkyns, esquires, 1674) and Une Exact Table al Report de Sir John Davys Chivaler, Atturney General del Roy en Ireland (London: Printed for James Collins, and Charles Harper, 1677).

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.

Full text

Headpiece, first page of text.

See also


  1. J. G. Marvin, Legal Bibliography or a Thesaurus of American, English, Irish, and Scotch Law Books (Philadelphia: T. & J. W. Johnson, Law Booksellers, 1847), 447.
  2. John William Wallace, The Reporters, Arranged and Characterized with Incidental Remarks, 4th ed. (Boston: Soule and Bugbee, 1882), 263.
  3. Marvin, Legal Bibliography, 447.
  4. Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012) Microsoft Word file. Earlier edition available at: