A "Father" of Leading Cases Jenkins, [David] [1582-1663]. Eight Centuries of Reports: Or, Eight Hundred Cases Solemnly Adjudged in the Exchequer-Chamber, Or, Upon Writs of Error. Publish'd Originally in French and Latin by Judge Jenkins. Now Carefully Translated, With the Addition of Many Thousand References: Particularly to Such Statutes as Have Altered or Amended the Law to this Time. Corrected; To Which is Added a New Table of the Principal Matters. London: Printed by E. and R. Nutt, And R. Gosling, 1734. [ii], x, , 144, 159-341,  pp. With an initial advertisement leaf. Pagination irregular, text complete. Folio (12-1/4" x 7-3/4"). Modern library buckram, red and black lettering pieces, gilt-stamped institution name and shelf label spine, small security tag and blind-stamped institution name to front board, retained early armorial owner bookplate to front pastedown, endleaves added. Moderate toning to text, light foxing in places, library stamps to edges and added endleaves, some edgewear to initial advertisement leaf, early owner signature (of Samuel Morris) to head of title page. $350. * First edition in English and the second edition overall. First published in 1661, this collection includes cases from the 13th through 17th centuries. By far, it covers a greater time period than any other reporter. The oldest case is from 1220, far earlier than any cases reported in the Year Books. "[T]his book...is not in any true sense a book of reports, though it does...contain certain abstracts of manuscript cases not elsewhere found. The book consists in the main of abstracts of Fitzherbert's Abridgment, and perhaps from Statham's and Brooke's; from the Year Books, and from the reports of Keilway, Benloe, Dalison, Dyer, Plowden, Coke, and some other persons,- the source from which he gets the abstracts being generally stated in the margin. When the case which he presents is important, he occasionally appends a note of his own; being, in this respect, the father of all the various persons, who, in our own day, have published Leading Cases" (Wallace). The owner of this book was a member of the prominent Morris family of Philadelphia, possibly Samuel Morris [1711-1782], merchant, Philadelphia Registrar of Wills and trustee of the University of Pennsylvania. Wallace, The Reporters 69. Eng.
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