A Great Authority on the Law of Scotland Erskine, John, Of Carnock [1695-1768]. An Institute of the Law of Scotland. In Four Books. In the Order of Sir George Mackenzie's Institutions of that Law. Enlarged by Additional Notes, Containing the Latter Decisions of the Supreme Court on Many Interesting Points; And Improved Likewise by a More Ample Index, And the Addition of a Running Margin. Edinburgh: Printed for John Bell, 1785. Two volumes with continuous pagination bound in one book. x, 438; -813,  pp. Folio (12-1/2" x 8"). Contemporary calf, raised bands and lettering piece to spine, blind tooling to board edges, repair to head of spine, joints reinforced. Light rubbing to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, light chipping to foot of spine, corners bumped and somewhat worn, hinges cracked, early armorial bookplate (of Sir John Jay Scott Douglas) to front pastedown. Light toning to text, slightly heavier in places, some offsetting to margins of preliminaries and final leaf. $750. * Second edition. Esteemed for its erudition, clarity and accuracy, Erskine's Institute was one of the definitive authorities on Scots law. Rich in sociological detail, it includes laws on such topics as witchcraft, sodomy and bestiality, adultery, dueling and gypsies A durable work, it was first published in 1773 and went through four more authorial editions and four later editions by other authors, the last (eighth) in 1871. Sweet & Maxwell, English Short-Title Catalogue T188612.
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