The Reports of Sir Peyton Ventris

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by Sir Peyton Ventris

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]

Bibliographic Information

Author: Sir Peyton Ventris.

Title: The Reports of Sir Peyton Ventris.

Publication Info: [London] In the Savoy: Printed by E. and R. Nutt and R. Gosling for D. Browne, 1726.

Edition: Fourth impression, carefully corrected; 2 volumes in 1.

Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

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.

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  1. Paul D. Halliday, [ "Ventris, Sir Peyton (1645–1691)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2008, accessed 5 June 2013. (Subscription required for access.)
  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."