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}}[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Keble Joseph Keble] (1632–1710) entered [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gray%27s_Inn Gray's Inn] in 1647 and became a member of the bar in 1653.<ref>Stuart Handley, [http://www.oxforddnb.com.proxy.wm.edu/view/article/15232 "Keble, Joseph (1632–1710)"], ''Oxford Dictionary of National Biography'', Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2008, accessed 7 Sept 2013. Subsequent bibliographic facts also taken from this article.</ref> He never practiced law, but attended the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Court_of_King%27s_Bench_%28England%29 Court of King's Bench] from 1661 onwards, taking notes of the cases he witnessed. Opinions regarding the quality of his reports are uniformly negative.<ref>John William Wallace, ''The Reporters, Arranged and Characterized with Incidental Remarks'', 4th ed., rev. and enl., (Boston: Soule and Bugbee, 1882), 315. Wallace writes that one justice "burned his copy, thinking it not worth while to lumber his library with trash." </ref> [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Searle_Holdsworth Holdsworth] explains "The main defect of Keble's reports is that he merely jotted down what he heard from day to day in court, without attempting to collect into a single narrative the history of any one case. Hence it is necessary to look into several places for cases which extend over several days."<ref>William Holdsworth, ''A History of English Law'', (London: Methuen & Co., Sweet and Maxwell, 1924), 6:557-558.</ref> Nevertheless, some historians have found value in the role Keble played as a mere "register", noting that "Keble's ''Reports'' help, often, to explain difficulties in contemporary Reports of better credit ..."<ref>Wallace, ''The Reporters'', 317.</ref>
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}}[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Keble Joseph Keble] (1632–1710) entered [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gray%27s_Inn Gray's Inn] in 1647 and became a member of the bar in 1653.<ref>Stuart Handley, "[http://www.oxforddnb.com.proxy.wm.edu/view/article/15232 Keble, Joseph (1632–1710)]" in ''Oxford Dictionary of National Biography'', accessed September 7, 2013. Subsequent bibliographic facts also taken from this article.</ref> He never practiced law, but attended the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Court_of_King%27s_Bench_%28England%29 Court of King's Bench] from 1661 onwards, taking notes of the cases he witnessed. Opinions regarding the quality of his reports are uniformly negative.<ref>John William Wallace, ''The Reporters, Arranged and Characterized with Incidental Remarks'', 4th ed. (Boston: Soule and Bugbee, 1882), 315. Wallace writes that one justice "burned his copy, thinking it not worth while to lumber his library with trash." </ref> [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Searle_Holdsworth Holdsworth] explains "The main defect of Keble's reports is that he merely jotted down what he heard from day to day in court, without attempting to collect into a single narrative the history of any one case. Hence it is necessary to look into several places for cases which extend over several days."<ref>William Holdsworth, ''A History of English Law'' (London: Methuen & Co., Sweet and Maxwell, 1924), 6:557-558.</ref> Nevertheless, some historians have found value in the role Keble played as a mere "register", noting that "Keble's ''Reports'' help, often, to explain difficulties in contemporary Reports of better credit ..."<ref>Wallace, ''The Reporters'', 317.</ref>
  
 
==Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library==
 
==Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library==
Both Dean's Memo<ref>Memorandum from Barbara C. Dean, Colonial Williamsburg Found., to Mrs. Stiverson, Colonial Williamsburg Found. (June 16, 1975), 12 (on file at Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary).</ref> and the [https://digitalarchive.wm.edu/handle/10288/13433 Brown Bibliography]<ref> 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</ref> suggest Wythe owned this title based on notes in [[John Marshall|John Marshall's]] commonplace book.<ref>''The Papers of John Marshall,'' eds. Herbert A. Johnson, Charles T. Cullen, and Nancy G. Harris (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, in association with the Institute of Early American History and Culture, 1974), 1:41.</ref> Both list the first (1685) edition. The Wolf Law Library moved a copy of the first edition from an existing rare book collection to the [[George Wythe Collection]].  
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Both Dean's Memo<ref>Memorandum from Barbara C. Dean, Colonial Williamsburg Found., to Mrs. Stiverson, Colonial Williamsburg Found. (June 16, 1975), 12 (on file at Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary).</ref> and the [https://digitalarchive.wm.edu/handle/10288/13433 Brown Bibliography]<ref>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.</ref> suggest Wythe owned this title based on notes in [[John Marshall|John Marshall's]] commonplace book.<ref>Herbert A. Johnson, Charles T. Cullen, and Nancy G. Harris, eds., ''The Papers of John Marshall'' (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, in association with the Institute of Early American History and Culture, 1974), 1:41.</ref> Both list the first (1685) edition. The Wolf Law Library moved a copy of the first edition from an existing rare book collection to the [[George Wythe Collection]].  
 
[[File:KebleReportsInTheCourtOfKingsBench1685v2Inscription.jpg |left|thumb|250px|<center>Inscriptions, front flyleaf, volume two.</center>]]
 
[[File:KebleReportsInTheCourtOfKingsBench1685v2Inscription.jpg |left|thumb|250px|<center>Inscriptions, front flyleaf, volume two.</center>]]
 
==Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy==
 
==Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy==

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Reports in the Court of Kings Bench at Westminster, from the XII to the XXX Year of the Reign of our Late Sovereign Lord King Charles II

by Joseph Keble

Keble's Reports
KebleReports1685.jpg

Title page from Reports in the Court of Kings Bench at Westminster, volume two, George Wythe Collection, Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary.

Author Joseph Keble
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Published London: Printed by W. Rawlins, S Roycroft and M. Flesher, assigns of Richard and Edward Atkins for Thomas Dring, Charles Harper, Samuel Keble, and William Freeman
Date 1685
Edition First
Language English
Volumes 3 volume set
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Desc. Folio(32 cm.)
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Bookplate of Thomas Potter of the Middle Temple, 1745, verso of title page, volume one.

Joseph Keble (1632–1710) entered Gray's Inn in 1647 and became a member of the bar in 1653.[1] He never practiced law, but attended the Court of King's Bench from 1661 onwards, taking notes of the cases he witnessed. Opinions regarding the quality of his reports are uniformly negative.[2] Holdsworth explains "The main defect of Keble's reports is that he merely jotted down what he heard from day to day in court, without attempting to collect into a single narrative the history of any one case. Hence it is necessary to look into several places for cases which extend over several days."[3] Nevertheless, some historians have found value in the role Keble played as a mere "register", noting that "Keble's Reports help, often, to explain difficulties in contemporary Reports of better credit ..."[4]

Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Both Dean's Memo[5] and the Brown Bibliography[6] suggest Wythe owned this title based on notes in John Marshall's commonplace book.[7] Both list the first (1685) edition. The Wolf Law Library moved a copy of the first edition from an existing rare book collection to the George Wythe Collection.

Inscriptions, front flyleaf, volume two.

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

Recently rebound in full black leather with green labels and marbled endpapers. Includes the bookplate of "Thomas Potter of the Middle Temple 1745" on verso of title pages of volumes one and two. Volume one and three inscribed "Samuel Lyman's 1702" on the title page. Volume two signed on the title page "John Kimberlys" with the inscriptions "Samuel Lymon's 1702," "Oliver Ellsworths," and "Property of H.L. Ellsworth 1838" on the front flyleaf. Purchased through the generosity of Daniel W. Baran and Lena Stratton Baran, Class of 1936.

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

References

  1. Stuart Handley, "Keble, Joseph (1632–1710)" in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, accessed September 7, 2013. Subsequent bibliographic facts also taken from this article.
  2. John William Wallace, The Reporters, Arranged and Characterized with Incidental Remarks, 4th ed. (Boston: Soule and Bugbee, 1882), 315. Wallace writes that one justice "burned his copy, thinking it not worth while to lumber his library with trash."
  3. William Holdsworth, A History of English Law (London: Methuen & Co., Sweet and Maxwell, 1924), 6:557-558.
  4. Wallace, The Reporters, 317.
  5. Memorandum from Barbara C. Dean, Colonial Williamsburg Found., to Mrs. Stiverson, Colonial Williamsburg Found. (June 16, 1975), 12 (on file at Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary).
  6. 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.
  7. Herbert A. Johnson, Charles T. Cullen, and Nancy G. Harris, eds., The Papers of John Marshall (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, in association with the Institute of Early American History and Culture, 1974), 1:41.