With Caricatures of the Leading Members of the Scottish Bar Balfour-Paul, J., and John Read, Editors. Ballads of the Bench and Bar or Idle Lays of the Parliament House. [Edinburgh]: Privately Printed, 1882. 126,  pp. Woodcut frontispiece and illustrations. Quarto (10" x 8-1/4"). Contemporary quarter morocco over cloth, gilt insignia to front board, top edge gilt, deckle fore and bottom edges. Moderate rubbing with some wear to corners, spine ends worn, boards partially detached, a few cracks to text block. Later bookseller ticket to front pastedown, early owner signature and later signature of Robert Maxtone Graham to front free endpaper. Text printed on fine wide-margined paper, text ruled in red line borders. Annotations in pencil identifying each jurist depicted, interior otherwise clean. A good candidate for rebacking. $25. * From an edition limited to 305 copies, this number 66. Limitation page signed by editors. This charming volume of amusing legal prose and poetry illustrated with caricatures contains such entries as "Boots to His Moribund Moustache," "The Deans of Faculty," "A Successful Career," "An Elaborate Argument," "The Ex-Circuiteer's Lament, "The Rhyme of the Scottish Jurist," and "Trux Aper Insequitar." The woodcuts are by William Watson after illustrations by Roger Montgomerie and "E.G." A note on the limitation page notes that all the woodcuts were destroyed when the print run was finished.
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