A Classic Scottish Treatise on Writs, Forms and Other Aspects of Legal Composition Spottiswood, John. An Introduction to the Knowledge of the Stile of Writs, Simple and Compound, Made Use of in Scotland: Containing Directions for Drawing Securities, In Cases Which Most Commonly Occur, With Examples According to the Best Modern Practice. Written for the Use of the Students in Spotiswood's College of Law, And Now Publish'd for the Common Good. With Additions. Edinburgh: Printed by William Brown and John Mosman, 1727. [xxiv], 413,  pp. Includes 5-page publisher catalogue. Octavo (6-1/2" x 4"). Contemporary calf, blind rules to boards, raised bands and lettering piece to spine, blind tooling to board edges. A few minor nicks and scratches to boards, light rubbing to extremities, front joint and hinge just starting at foot, corners bumped. Moderate toning to text, faint dampspotting in places, minor worming to lower margins of a few leaves, later owner signature to front pastedown. A nice copy. $250. * Third edition. Around 1703, Spottiswood established Spottiswood's College of Law to compensate for the lack of a legal curriculum at The University of Edinburgh. Its main textbook was Sir George McKenzie's Institutes. Spottiswood wrote the Stile of Writs (1707), along with another book, The Form of Process (1711), to cover areas that are not treated in detail by Mackenzie. They were, in effect, supplementary textbooks. English Short-Title Catalogue T147577.
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