Narrationes Modernae

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Narrationes Modernae, or, Modern Reports Begun in the Now Upper Bench Court at Westminster: in the Beginning of Hillary Term 21 Caroli and Continued to the End of Michaelmas Term 1655

by William Style

Narrationes Modernae

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

Author William Style
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Published London: Printed by F. L. for W. Lee, D. Pakeman, G. Bedel, and C. Adams
Date 1658
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Language English
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Pages [20], 483, [33]
Desc. (29 cm.)
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William Style (c.1599–1679) was admitted to the Inner Temple in 1619, and was called to the bar in 1628. He does not appear to have been overly successful practitioner of law and is predominantly remembered for his legal publications.[1] Style's Reports, translated by the author from law French into English,[2] are "singularly valuable"[3] as they remain the principal record of decisions by Chief Justices Sir Henry Rolle and John Glynn from the Upper Bench during the time of the Commonwealth.[4] They are also unusual to the time period in that they were prepared for publication by the author himself.[5]

Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

Rebound ca. 1980; includes signatures of "Leeson" and "Nicholas Burnell esqr. 1690."

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  1. J. H. Baker, "Style, William (c.1599–1679)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2008, accessed 30 May 2013. (Subscription required for access.)
  2. Ibid
  3. Richard Whalley Bridgman, A Short View of Legal Bibliography: Containing Some Critical Observations on the Authority of the Reporters and Other Law Writers (London: Printed for W. Reed, 1807), 336.
  4. John William Wallace, The Reporters, Arranged and Characterized with Incidental Remarks, 4th ed., rev. and enl. (Boston: Soule and Bugbee, 1882), 288. See also J. H. Baker, "Style, William."
  5. Ibid.