A Landmark Treatise on the Art of Advocacy Mackenzie, Sir George [1636-1691]. An Idea of the Modern Eloquence of the Bar. Together with a Pleading Out of Every Part of Law. Edinburgh: Printed by Mr. Robert Freebairn, 1711. [ii], xxvi, 298 pp. Octavo (6-1/2" x 4"). Contemporary red sheep, gilt central panels with large corner fleurons enclosed in gilt frames to boards, raised bands and gilt ornaments to spine, marbled endpapers, gilt edges. Light rubbing to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, corners bumped, front and rear free endpaper partially detached but secure, modern owner bookplate to front pastedown. Light browning to text, small faint stains to a few leaves, early owner name ("Charles") to front endleaf. A handsome copy. $2,500. * Only separate edition in English. This landmark treatise on the art of advocacy was originally published in 1681 in Latin as Idea Eloquentiae Forensis Hodiernae. It was the first book on this subject in the English-speaking world. Mackenzie "became notable for his resistance to the pretensions of the Crown, but in 1677, he was made Lord Advocate and in the next few years prosecuted and persecuted Covenanters with such zeal as to earn the title 'The Bloody Mackenzie.' In many cases he strained the law so as to obtain a conviction" (Walker). He is also well-known as an important man of letters and as the founder the Advocates Library, now the national law library for Scotland. OCLC locates 7 copies in North American law libraries (Georgetown, Harvard, University of Cincinnati, University of Pennsylvania, U.S. Supreme Court, Wisconsin State, Yale). Walker, Oxford Companion to Law 792. English Short-Title Catalogue T92410.
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