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The Laws and Customes of Scotland, in Matters Criminal. Wherein is to be seen how the civil law, and the laws and customs of other nations do agree with, and supply ours.
Printed by Thomas Brown, Edinburgh 1678 - FIRST EDITION, 4to, pp. [xvi], 272, 271-518, [1]. Title-page printed in red and black. Somewhat later panelled calf, spine gilt in compartments, red morocco label. Rather browned and soiled, first few leaves with some damage to blank areas (touching a letter in imprint on title-page), woodcut initial on first page of dedication crudely coloured in with ink and this offset onto nearby pages, cut close by the binder (headline or signature occasionally just shaved). Binding a bit marked, joints cracked but sound, head of spine worn. Ownership inscriptions to title-page of William Alexander (1840); to verso of title-page of William Duncan, Writer (14 Feb 1732, repeated on rear flyleaf); to p. 226 of Edmond Hone, Witness (1711); and on p. 455 'For Mungo Hales' in an 18th-century hand. Mackenzie's work 'provided the first systematic and detailed exposition of Scots criminal law' (ODNB). The right to print it was restricted by order of the Privy Council to three Edinburgh printers - Thomas Brown, George Swintoun, and James Glen - and issues exist with each of their imprints. This one, bearing Brown's name, is the scarcest in ESTC (16 copies). ESTC R217758. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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