Scarce Scottish Treatise on Election Law Bell, Robert [d. 1816]. A Treatise on the Election Laws, As They Relate to the Representation of Scotland, In the Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. Edinburgh: Printed by George Ramsey and Company, 1812. xi, 523, cxi pp. Quarto (10-1/2" x 8-1/2"). Recent period-style quarter calf over marbled boards, raised bands and lettering piece to spine, endpapers renewed. Toning to text, internally clean. A handsome copy. $350. * Only edition. With side-notes. This treatise is notable because it reflects contemporary debates about the extension of suffrage. An important figure in the history of Scots law, Bell was an advocate and professor of conveyancing to the Society of Writers to the Signet. He is known today as the author of The Dictionary of the Law of Scotland (1807) and several other treatises on Scots law, especially leases and conveyancing. OCLC locates 4 copies, 3 in North America (at Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, Ontario, Cornell University and Georgetown University Law Library), COPAC locates 3. Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 5:11.
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