First Edition of the First Systematic Work on Scots Law Craig, Sir Thomas [1538-1608]. Jus Feudale Tribus Libris Comprehensum: Quibus Non Solum Consuetudines Feudales & Praediorum Jura, Quae in Scotia, Anglia, & Plerisque Galliae Locis Obtinent, Continentur; Sed Universum Jus Scoticum, et Omnes Fere Materiae Juris Clare & Dilucide Exponuntur, Et ad Fontes Juris Feudalis & Civilis Singula Reducuntur. Edinburgh: [S.n.] Impressum Anno. Dom. 1655. [xii], 383, [1 blank] pp. Folio (12" x 8"). Contemporary sheep, blind rules to boards, recent lettering piece to spine. Rubbed with some loss to spine ends, some worming to rear board and head of spine, joints starting at ends, front hinge partially cracked, about half of front free endpaper lacking, recent armorial bookplate (of the Baron de Spon) to front free pastedown, early wax seals to verso of front free endpaper. Light toning to text, internally clean. A solid copy of an important work. $500. * First edition. Unlike previous compilations, Jus Feudale is an original work. "Indeed Craig was the first systematic writer on law in Scotland. The Jus Feudale is not a mere textbook of the law of land rights, but is a learned disquisition upon a great social system. The opening chapters are devoted to an examination of the sources of law in general, and trace the history and development of the Civil, Canon and Feudal laws. If Craig had accomplished no more than that he would have been entitled to a foremost place amongst our jurists, for unquestionably the form of his book not only exemplified the philosophical outlook of the learned Scots lawyer, but provided a model of construction and treatment for his successors" Black, The Institutional Writers 62-63. English Short-Title Catalogue R232723.
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