Ancient Laws of Scotland Skene, John [?1543-1617]. Regiam Majestatem. The Auld Lawes and Constitutions of Scotland, Faithfullie Collected Furth of the Register, And Other Auld Authentick Bukes, Fra the Dayes of King Malcolme the Second, Untill the Time of King James the First, Of Gude Memorie: And Trewlie Corrected in Sundrie Faults, And Errours, Committed be Ignorant Writers. And Translated Out of Latine in Scottish Language, To the Use and Knawledge of All the Subjects Within this Realme. With Ane Large Table of the Contents Therof, Be Sr. John Skene of Curriehill, Clerk of Our Soveraigne Lordis Register, Counsell, And Rollis. Quhereunto are Adjoined Twa Treatises, The Ane, Anent the Order of Proces Observed Before the Lords of Counsell, And Session: The Other of Crimes, And Judges in Criminall Causes. Edinburgh: Printed by Thomas Finlason, 1609. [vi], 158, ; 181,  pp. Quarto (10-1/2" x 7-1/4"). Contemporary calf, recently rebacked, raised bands and retained later lettering pieces to spine, corners mended, endpapers renewed. Light rubbing to boards, moderate rubbing and some chipping to board edges, some wear to edges of lettering pieces, retained early armorial bookplate (of John Hooke) to front pastedown. Attractive woodcut head-pieces, tail-pieces and decorated initials. Moderate toning, light foxing in places, light soiling to a few leaves and title page, which has an early owner signature. An appealing copy. $1,250. * First edition in English, published the same year as the first edition in Latin (1609). Skene was the first great Scottish legal historian. First published in Edinburgh in 1609, Regiam Maistaten Scotiae is an important collection of medieval Scottish laws and constitutions. An important source for the history of civil procedure and criminal law in Scotland, it provides interesting comparisons with common, canon and civil law. English Short-Title Catalogue S117424.
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