The Law of Covenants

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The Law of Covenants: a Treatise Explaining the Nature and Rules of the Several Sorts of Covenants

The Law of Covenants

Title page from The Law of Covenants, George Wythe Collection, Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary.

Author The Author of The Law of Ejectments
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Published [London] In the Savoy: Printed by John Nutt, for Samuel Butler
Date 1712
Edition Second
Language English
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Pages [32], 512 (i.e. 496), [22]
Desc. 8vo. (20 cm.)
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Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Listed in the Jefferson Inventory of Wythe's Library as [Law of] Covenants 8vo. and given by Thomas Jefferson to Dabney Carr. The Brown Bibliography[1] includes the second edition (1712) based on the copy Jefferson sold to the Library of Congress.[2] George Wythe's Library[3] on LibraryThing indicates "Precise edition unknown. The first edition was published in 1711; the second, with similar imprint, in 1712." The Wolf Law Library followed Brown's suggestion and purchased a copy of the 1712 edition.

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

Bound in contemporary full calf. Includes signatures of previous owners, "John Macpherson, Jr. 1771" and "Charles Swift" on title page. Purchased from The Bookpress, Ltd.

View this book in William & Mary's online catalog.


  1. Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012) Microsoft Word file. Earlier edition available at:
  2. E. Millicent Sowerby, Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 2nd ed. (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1983), 2:309-310 [no.1983].
  3. LibraryThing, s. v. "Member: George Wythe," accessed on September 16, 2013,