First Edition of Ventris's Reports Ventris, Sir Peyton [1645-1691]. The Reports of Sir Peyton Ventris Kt. Late One of the Justices of the Common-Pleas. In Two Parts. The First Part Containing Select Cases Adjudged in the Kings-Bench, In the Reign of K. Charles II. With Three Learned Arguments, One in the Kings-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. The Second part 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 His Now Majesty K. William and the Late Q. Mary; 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 Kings-Bench. Together with Many Remarkable and Curious Cases in the Court of Chancery. Whereto are Added Three Exact Tables; One of the Cases, The Other of the Principal Matters, And the Third of the Pleadings. With the Allowance and Approbation of the Lord Keeper and All the Judges. London: Printed by the Assigns of Richard and Edward Atkyns, 1696. [ii], [xii], 429, ; , 368,  pp. Two parts in one volume, each with title page, individual pagination, license leaves, and (identical) portrait frontispieces, frontispiece lacking from Part I. Title page of Part I preceded by general title page. Folio (12-1/2" x 8"). Recent period-style quarter calf over marbled boards, blind fillets and lettering piece to spine, endpapers renewed. Moderate toning to text, minor stains to margins of a few leaves, lower corners lacking from leaf Aa (pp. 177-178) and Yy3 (pp. 349-350) with no loss to text, light browning to title page, two later owner signatures to its upper margin. An attractive copy. $500. * First edition. An important collection of reports covering cases in King's Bench, 1668-1684, and Common Pleas and Chancery 1669-1691. Wallace, The Reporters 345. English Short-Title Catalogue R7440.
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