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Jones's Reports

Title page from Les Reports de Sir William Jones, George Wythe Collection, Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary.

Author Sir William Jones
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Published London: Printed by T.R.N.T. for Thomas Basset and Richard Chiswel
Date 1675
Edition First
Language French
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Pages 6 p. l., 463, [22]
Desc. Folio (34 cm.)
Location Shelf E-5
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Sir William Jones (1566 – 1650) spent some time at Furnival's Inn before being admitted to Lincoln's Inn in 1587. He was called to the bar in 1595. In 1617, he became serjeant-at-law and was appointed chief justice of the King's Bench in Ireland. An appointment as justice to the Court of Common Pleas followed in 1621, and a transfer to the King's Bench (England) in 1624.[1] The Reports of this "venerable magistrate" cover decisions from his entire career in England, both from his time at the Court of Common Pleas and the King's Bench."[2] The reports are considered "authoritative, and have a good reputation for accuracy, but are rarely referred to on account of their antiquity and the language in which they remain."[3]

Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

There is no doubt Wythe owned this title—a copy of the first edition (1675) at the Virginia Historical Society includes Wythe's bookplate and the inscription "Given by Thos. Jefferson to D. Carr 1806." The title is also listed in the Jefferson Inventory of Wythe's Library as "Sr. W. Jones's [reports]"; Thomas Jefferson noted that he gave it to Dabney Carr. Both the Brown Bibliography[4] and George Wythe's Library[5] on LibraryThing include the first edition of this title based on knowledge of Wythe's copy at the Virginia Historical Society. The Wolf Law Library purchased a copy of the same edition.

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

Bound in 19th-century three-quarter brown sheep with russet linen boards and red spine label. Purchased from Bauman Rare Books.

Images of the library's copy of this book are available on Flickr. View the record for this book in this book in William & Mary's online catalog.

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See also


  1. Christopher W. Brooks, "Jones, Sir William (1566–1640)" in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, accessed September 23, 2013.
  2. John William Wallace, The Reporters, Arranged and Characterized with Incidental Remarks, 4th ed. (Boston: Soule and Bugbee, 1882), 258.
  3. J. G. Marvin, Legal Bibliography or a Thesaurus of American, English, Irish, and Scotch Law Books (Philadelphia: T. & J. W. Johnson, Law Booksellers, 1847), 428.
  4. 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.
  5. LibraryThing, s.v. "Member: George Wythe," accessed on April 21, 2013,