A Copy Owned by Joseph Story, Benjamin Butler and Henry Fowle Durant Shower, Bartholomew. Leach, Thomas, Editor. Reports of Cases Adjudged in the Court of King's Bench, During the Reigns of Charles the Second; James the Second; And William the Third. By Sir Bartholomew Shower, Knt. In Two Volumes. Volume the First: Containing, Cases Adjudged in the Court of King's Bench, In the Reign of William the Third: With Several Learned Arguments-And with Two Tables; The First of the Names of the Cases; The Other of the Principal Matters. Corrected, With Notes and Marginal References. London: Printed for W. Clarke and Son, 1794. Two volumes. xii, 540, ; x, 510,  pp. Octavo (8-3/4" x 5-1/2"). Contemporary calf, blind fillets to boards and spines, lettering pieces lacking. Rubbing to boards and extremities with wear to spine ends and corners, boards detached, crack through spine of Volume II. Moderate toning and to interiors, light foxing in places, faint dampstaining to fore-edge of text block at rear of Volume II. A few struck-through signatures to front endleaves, signature of Joseph Story to title page of Volume I and front free endpaper of Volume II, signature of Henry F. Durant to front pastedowns, owner mark of "Benjamin F. Butler/ Lowell, Mass." to front pastedown of Volume I. Books housed in cloth clamshell box with morocco spine label. $2,000. * Second edition. This well-regarded edition of an important set of reports from 1678-1694 had a notable series of owners. Foremost among these is Joseph Story [1779-1845], the distinguished U.S. Supreme Court justice, Harvard Law School professor and legal author best known for his Commentaries on the Constitution (first edition 1833), a landmark in American law. Another owner was Benjamin F. Butler [1818-1893], the Lowell, Massachusetts lawyer, businessman, politician and major general of the Union Army. At some point this book was acquired by Henry Fowle Durant [1822-1881], the Boston lawyer and philanthropist who, with his wife, founded Wellesley College. Wallace, The Reporters 392. English Short-Title Catalogue T97379. Hoeflich and Beck, Catalogues of Early American Law Libraries: The 1846 Auction Catalogue of Joseph Story's Library 266.
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