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Innes, James
Idea Juris Scotici: Or, A Summary View of the Laws of Scotland
1733. Innes, James, Of Symonds Inn. [fl. 1755]. Idea Juris Scotici: Or, A Summary View of the Laws of Scotland. [London]: Printed by E. and R. Nutt and R. Gosling (Assigns of Edw. Sayer, Esq;) for R. Gosling, 1733. 8, viii, 120, [8] pp. Quarto (9-1/2" x 7-3/4"). Contemporary calf, blind fillets and gilt rules to boards, raised bands and gilt title to spine. Light rubbing to extremities, chip to head of spine, joints starting at ends, early armorial bookplate to verso of front free endpaper. Early annotation to verso of title page, interior otherwise fresh. A handsome copy. * First edition. "The following sheets were at first only composed (tho' they are now published for a more general Use) at the Request, and for the Benefit of a young Gentleman, who after studying the English Law, seemed resolved to travel Abroad.... As to the general Scope or Design of the Paper itself, it has been therein all along endeavoured to open to the Reader such a Scene of the Scotch, and by Consequence of the Civil Law, as might enable him, by the Help of his own Reflections to understand as much of both, as is necessary to be known by any Gentleman who is not himself a Practicean.... (Preface). An interesting feature of this book is the critical assessment of books by Mackenzie, Craig, Stair and other Scottish legal authors in the Preface. Two other editions of Innes' book were published in 1747 and 1749. OCLC locates 8 copies, all of the first edition, 3 in law libraries (Harvard, Georgetown, UT-Austin). Copies of the first and second editions located at the Library of Congress. Sweet … [Click Below for Full Description]
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