"A Pandect of Scots Law" Spotiswoode, Sir Robert [1596-1646]. Practicks of the Laws of Scotland, Also Abstracts Taken Out of the Ancient Records of This Kingdom, Whereby is declared the Manner of Administrating Justice in Civil Causes, Before the College of Justice was Erected. And Propositions & Questions in Law Made by the Same Author. With Memoirs of His Life and Trial for an Alleg'd Crime of High Treason Against the States: In the Pretended Parliament at St. Andrews, In December 1645, And January 1646. Published by John Spotiswoode, of That-Ilk, Advocate, The Author's Grand-Son. Edinburgh: Printed by James Watson, 1706. [iv], xli, , 372 pp. Folio (11-1/2" x 7"). Contemporary paneled calf, raised bands and later lettering piece to spine, joints repaired at head of spine. Light rubbing and a few minor nicks and scuffs to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, front joint starting at foot, chipping to head of spine, corners bumped and somewhat worn, front hinge cracked. Moderate toning, faint stains to fore-edges of a few leaves, small early owner signature to title page, owner inscription to foot of p. 372. $350. * Only edition. "An anonymous abridgment of both Durie and Hope, and epitome of part of Nicholson by Sir Peter Wedderburn...call for no special comment, and are altogether eclipsed by four other digest Practicks all prior to the civil wars. The first is that of Sir Robert Spotiswoode of Pentland and New Abbey, who was appointed an ordinary Lord in 1626 and Lord President in 1633. Besides excerpts from civilians, Craig and Balfour, he notes cases from 1625 to 1637, not long before he had to fly to England to escape from the Presbyterians, together with a few earlier ones from 1541 derived from an unknown source. It has been described as 'an unfinished collection of materials for a Pandect of Scots law,' and is the earliest of the Practicks generally cited to the Court today" (Stair Society). OCLC locates 3 copies (at Columbia, Yale and UC-Berkeley law libraries). COPAC locates 3 copies (at the University of London, University of Edinburgh and the University of Glasgow). Stair Society, Introductory Survey of the Sources and Literature of Scots Law 36. English Short-Title Catalogue T101198.
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