The First Scottish Book of Precedents Dallas, George [1635-1701]. System of Stiles, As Now Practicable Within the Kingdom of Scotland: And Reduced to a Clear Method, Not Heretofore. Consisting of VI. Parts. I. Real and Personal Diligence. II. What Passeth the Privy-Seal Only. III. Summonds Passing the Signet. IV. What Letters Pass the Signet, and Such Precepts in Latine as Upon signatures Pass Also the Signet and Whole Seals, Except the Quarter-Seal; And What Passes the Great-Seal per Saltum. V. All Securities, Contracts of Marriage, Tailzies, Mortifications, Life-Rentrights, Provisions of Younger-Children, Excambions, and the Like. VI. Services, Tutories, Summonds of Error, and Others. Edinburgh: Printed by the Heirs and Successors of Andrew Anderson, 1697. [iv], 52, 63-89, , 89-185, , 185-393, , 393-669, 700-717, , 689-693, , 693-863, , 863-904,  pp. Pagination irregular, text complete. Folio (11-1/2" x 7"). Contemporary paneled calf, gilt spine with lettering piece and raised bands, recent repairs to spine ends, speckled edges. Light rubbing and a few minor scuffs to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, spine ends bumped and lightly worn, hinges cracked, armorial book plate of James Stuart, 2nd Earl of Bute, above a contemporary manuscript shelf location number to front pastedown. Light toning to text, somewhat heavier in places, light soiling to title page and a few other leaves. An attractive copy. $350. * First edition. This was the first Scottish book of precedents, or, to use the Scots term, Styles. According to Walker, System of Stiles was "long indispensable in Scottish legal offices." A second edition in two volumes was published in 1774. Stuart, 2nd Earl of Bute [1696-1723] was the father of John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute, the advisor to King George III who was Prime Minister from 1762 to 1763. Walker, Oxford Companion to Law 330. English Short-Title Catalogue R468989.
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