The Reports of Sir Peyton Ventris

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The Reports of Sir Peyton Ventris ...: In two parts. Part I. Containing Select Cases Adjudged in the King's Bench, in the Reign of K. Charles II, with Three Learned Arguments, One in the King's Bench, by Sir Francis North, when Attorney General; and Two in the Exchequer by Sir Matthew Hale, when Lord Chief Baron. With Two Tables; One of the Cases, the Other of the Principal Matters. Part II. Containing Choice Cases Adjudged in the Common Pleas, in the Reigns of K. Charles II. and K. James II. and in the Three First Years of the Reign of Their Late Majesties K. William and Q. Mary [1669-1691]; While He was a Judge in the Said Court: with the Pleadings to the Same. Also Several Cases and Pleadings Thereupon in the Exchequer-chamber, upon Writs of Error from the King's Bench. Together with Many Remarkable and Curious Cases in the Court of Chancery. Whereunto are Added Three Exact Tables ...

by Sir Peyton Ventris

The Reports of Sir Peyton Ventris

Title page from The Reports of Sir Peyton Ventris, volume one, George Wythe Collection, Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary.

Author Sir Peyton Ventris
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Published [London] In the Savoy: Printed by E. and R. Nutt and R. Gosling for D. Browne
Date 1726
Edition Fourth impression, carefully corrected
Language English
Volumes 2 volumes in 1 volume set
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Desc. Folio (32 cm.)
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Sir Peyton Ventris (1645-1691) entered the Middle Temple in 1664 and was called to the bar in 1671.[1] He rose to prominence after the Revolution of 1688, becoming serjeant-at-law, justice of the Court of Common Pleas, and rising to a knighthood in 1689.[2] Ventris' compilation of reports, covering cases from 1668-1691, has "generally been considered to be of good authority"[3] with "but few of the cases censured."[4] They "endure as among the most important written during the Restoration."[5]

Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Both Dean's Memo[6] and the Brown Bibliography[7] suggest Wythe owned the 1726 edition of this title based on notes in John Marshall's commonplace book.[8] The Wolf Law Library purchased a copy of the same edition.

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

Bound in contemporary calf and rebacked in period style with raised bands and lettering piece to the spine and renewed endpapers. Purchased from The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.

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


  1. Paul D. Halliday, [ "Ventris, Sir Peyton (1645–1691)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2004- ), accessed June 5, 2013.
  2. Ibid.
  3. W. S. Holdsworth, A History of English Law (London: Methuen & Co., Sweet and Maxwell, 1924), 6:561.
  4. John William Wallace, The Reporters, Arranged and Characterized with Incidental Remarks, 4th ed., rev. and enl. (Boston: Soule and Bugbee, 1882), 345.
  5. Halliday, "Ventris, Sir Peyton."
  6. Memorandum from Barbara C. Dean, Colonial Williamsburg Found., to Mrs. Stiverson, Colonial Williamsburg Found. (June 16, 1975), 15 (on file at Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary).
  7. Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012) Microsoft Word file. Earlier edition available at:
  8. 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), 1:45.