Notable Eighteenth-Century Handbook for Scottish Notaries [Notaries]. [Scotland]. Ars Notariatus: Or, The Art And Office Of A Notary-Publick, As the Same Is Practised In Scotland. In Two Parts. I. Giving an Account of the Rise and Institution of the Office, And Ancient and Present State Thereof. II. Containing Notorial Instruments of All Kinds. To Which is Added, By Way of Conclusion, An Advice to Notaries, Touching the Right Discharging of Their Office. Edinburgh: Printed by Sands, Brymer, Murray and Cochran, 1740. xv, [i], 311,  pp. Contemporary calf, raised bands, lettering piece and gilt ornaments to spine, blind tooling to board edges. Light rubbing and a few minor scuffs and stains to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, corners bumped and somewhat worn, chipping to head of spine, front board beginning to separate but secure, rear joint starting at ends, rear hinge cracked. Moderate toning to text, later signatures and annotations to front pastedown and free endpaper. $500. * First edition. "In Scotland, any solicitor may, on petition to the Court of Session, be admitted a notary public. His main functions are to authenticate wills for disabled persons, take affidavits in bankruptcy, note and protest bills, and authenticate the due execution of deeds to be used abroad" (Walker). This was a durable book. Second and third editions were published in 1762 and 1777; editions after the third had titles beginning The Office of a Notary. OCLC locates 9 copies in North America, 5 in law libraries (Duke, Harvard, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, University of Pennsylvania). Walker, Oxford Companion to Law 892. English Short-Title Catalogue N15333.
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