Kames's Decisions in "Form of a Dictionary" [Kames, Henry Home, Lord (1696-1782)]. The Decisions of the Court of Session, From Its First Institution to the Present Time. Abridged, And Digested Under the Proper Heads, In Form of a Dictionary. Collected from a Great Number of Manuscripts, Never Before Published, As Well as from Printed Decisions. Edinburgh: Printed by Richard Watkins, 1741. Two volumes. [iv], vii, [i], [xxxvi], 601; [xxxii], 555,  pp. Folio (12" x 7-1/2"). Contemporary speckled calf, red and black lettering pieces and gilt-edged raised bands to spine, blind tooling to board edges. Negligible light rubbing and a few minor nicks and scuffs to boards, somewhat heavier rubbing to extremities, recent repair to front joint of Volume I, corners bumped and lightly worn, partial crack to text block of Volume I between front free endpaper and title page. Title pages printed in red and black. Early owner annotation to front pastedown of Volume I, text notably fresh. A handsome set. $1,500. * First edition, one of two issues from 1741. The leading Scottish jurist of his day and an important figure of the Scottish Enlightenment, Kames was an influence on David Hume, James Boswell and Adam Smith. A remarkable work of synthesis and organization, his Decisions went through later editions in 1778, 1791 and 1797. English Short-Title Catalogue T79943.
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