The Earliest Printed Scottish Case Decisions Durie, Alexander Gibson, Lord [d.1644]. The Decisions Of The Lords Of Council And Session, In Most Cases of Importance, Debated and Brought Before Them; From July 1621 to July 1642. With an Index of the Pursuers and Defenders Names; And Another of the Most Material Points Decided Therein. Edinburgh: Sold by George Stewart and Mr. John Tennent, 1690. [viii], 900, 43,  pp. Copperplate portrait frontispiece. Folio (11-1/2" x 7-1/4"). Contemporary calf, rebacked retaining existing spine, gilt panels with corner fleurons to boards, gilt spine, edges rouged. Some rubbing to boards and extremities, corners bumped and somewhat worn, hinges cracked, later armorial bookplate and negligible minor worming to front pastedown, worm hole through foot of firts half of text block, rear free endpaper detached. Title page printed in red and black. Moderate toning, faint dampspotting in places, light soiling to title page, early owner shelfmark to front free endpaper. $500. * Only edition, one of two issues from 1690. This is the earliest collection of printed decisions in Scots law, sometimes referred to as "Lord Durie's Practicks." It was published posthumously by the author's grandson from notes taken by Gibson himself from the time of his elevation to the bench in 1621 to July of 1642. Gibson was a high ranking Scottish judge, a serious student of the civil law whose attainments are discernible in the present work. English Short-Title Catalogue R249.
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