A First-Edition Copy of Sir Thomas Jones's Reports from the Library of the First U.S. Supreme Court Reporter Jones, Sir Thomas [1614-1692]. [Dallas, Alexander J. (1759-1817)]. Les Reports de Divers Special Cases en le Common Bank & En le Court del Bank le Roy. En le Reigne de le Roy Charles le II. Colligees par le Reverend & Erudite Sir Thomas Jones Chivaler, Jades Seignior Chief Justice del Common Bank. Imprimee par l'Original, Escrie South son proper Maine en Francois. Ovesq; Deux Tables, l'Un des Principal Matters, & l'Auter des Nosmes del Cases. London: Printed for the Assigns of Rich. and Edw. Atkins, 1695. [viii], 254,  pp. Main text preceded by license leaf. Folio (11-3/4" x 7-3/4"). Recent three-quarter calf over cloth, raised bands and nineteenth-century lettering piece to spine, endpapers renewed. Moderate toning and dampstaining to text, brief early annotations in a few places, faint embossed library stamp to foot of license leaf, struck-through early signature, an illegible later signature dated 1848 and the signature of Alexander J. Dallas ("A.J. Dallas") to head of title page, some wear holes to margins of final two leaves, a few mended with archival tape, with no loss to text. A handsomely bound copy with an interesting association. $500. * First edition. Wallace calls this reporter, which covers the years 1667 to 1685, "a work of very reputable authority." It is held in equal regard by Holdsworth. Jones was a judge of King's Bench and chief justice of Common Pleas. Dallas was a lawyer and statesman. He held several important posts in the Pennsylvania and Federal governments, such as Treasury Secretary under President Madison, but is most famous as the first U.S. Supreme Court reporter. His four volumes of reports, Dallas 1-4, comprise Volumes 1-4 of United States Reports. Wallace, The Reporters 343. Holdsworth, History of English Law VI:552, 561.
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