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Law Reports under Henry VII

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(Compiled by the University of South Caroline Gould School of Law) Leadam, Isaac S., ed. Select Cases Before the King’s Council in the Star Chamber (A.D. 1477-1544). 2 Vols . The Selden Society (SS), 16 for 1902, 25 for 1910. London: Quaritch, 1903.

Notes: Also available online in The Making of Modern Law (subscription database)Abstract: Vol. 1, AD 1477-1509. Cases reproduced from the files of Star Chamber Proceedings of the times of Edward IV and Henry VII preserved at the PRO. Vol. 2, AD 1509-1544. Proceedings from the time of Henry VIII. Introduction deals with the origins and procedures of the Star Chamber.

Maynard, John, ed. Year Books, or, Reports in the Following Reigns, With Notes to Brooke and Fitzherbert’s Abridgments: the Vulgate Edition of 1678-1680. 11 Vols. London: George Sawbridge, William Rawlins, and Samuel Roycroft, 1679-1680. Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) number (used in Worldcat): 31448622

Notes: Also available online in Early English Books Online (subscription database)Abstract: Reprinted in 2006, this is referred to as the “standard” or “vulgate” edition. It reprints some of the earliest black letter editions of the year books and repeats the gross errors of those black letter editions, with spelling errors, wrong insertions, and misleading cross references. There appears to have been no effort at proofreading. Contents:

Vol. 1, Memoranda in Scaccario 2-29 Edward I, and year books 1-19 Edward II (dated 1678)

Vol. 2, 1-10 Edward III

Vol. 3, 17-39 Edward III(omitting 19, 20, 31-37)

Vol. 4, 40-50 Edward III (called Quadragesms)

Vol. 5, Liber Assisarum, 1-50 Edward III

Vol. 6, 1-14 Henry IV and 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 9 Henry V

Vol. 7, 1-20 Henry VI (omitting 5, 6, 13, 15-17)

Vol. 8, 21-39 Henry VI (omitting 23-26 and 29)

Vol. 9, 1-22 Edward IV

Vol. 10, Long Report of 5 Edward IV

Vol. 11, 1 Edward V, 1-2 Richard III,1-21 Henry VII (omitting 17-19) and 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 26, 27 Henry VIII

Renton, Alexander W., comp. The English Reports. 178 Vols. London: Stevens and Sons, 1900-1932. Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) number (used in Worldcat): 1470288

Notes: Also available online in Justis, HeinOnline, and LLMC-Digital (subscription databases)Abstract: Contains reprinted decisions of all English courts from 1220 to the commencement of the official Law reports in 1866. vols. 1-11, House of Lords; vols. 12-20, Privy Council; vols. 21-47, Chancery; vols. 48-55, Rolls Court; vols. 56-71, Vice-Chancellors’ Courts; vols. 72-122, King’s Bench Division; vols. 123-144, Common Pleas; vols. 145-160, Exchequer; vols. 161-167, Ecclesiastical, Admiralty, and Probate and Divorce; vols. 168-169, Crown cases; vols. 170-176, Nisi Prius. Volumes which contain reports prior to 1550 are: vols. 72-122 King’s Bench (1378-1865); vols. 123-144 Common Pleas (1486-1865); vols. 145-160 Exchequer (1220-1865) Only volumes 72 & 73 (Kings Bench), volume 145 (Exchequer) contain cases from the medieval period.

Seipp, David J., and John Maynard eds. Year Books, or, Reports in the Following Reigns, With Notes to Brooke and Fitzherbert’s Abridgments: the Vulgate edition of 1678-1680. 11 Vols. Clark, N.J.: Lawbook Exchange, 2007, 1678. Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) number (used in Worldcat): 76967165 Abstract: Reprint of the vulgate edition. Each volume contains introductory notes on the history, content and significance of the year books by David Seipp and Carol F. Lee, as well as tables naming all justices and serjeants, and listing calendar years of law terms. It references Seipp’s online Index and Paraphrase of Printed Year Book Reports, 1268-1535 which indexes and summarizes almost all the cases in this edition.

Bibliographies of English Law History

  • Maxwell, William H. A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth of Nations. Volume 1: English Law to 1800. London: Sweet and Maxwell, 1955-
  • Beale, Joseph H. A Bibliography of Early English Law Books. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1926.
  • Winfield, Percy H. The Chief Sources of English Legal History. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1925.


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