A Rare Scottish Guide with a Dictionary for Students and Laymen [Mitchell, I.]. Essay on the Forms of Writings, Or of Securities and Conveyances, Both of Heritable and Moveable Subjects, As They are Used in Scotland; And the Law Itself as Applicable to Their Nature, And the Use of Them in General Practice; For the Common People, And Beginners in the Study of the Law, With an Appendix, On Personal and Real Execution for Debt, The Form of Process Before the Sheriff Courts, &c. And a Short Dictionary of Law-Terms Ordinarily Used in Scotland. Perth: Printed for R. Morison and Son; C. Elliot, Edinburgh; and G.G.J. and J. Robinson, London, 1786. xv, , ix, 2-225, , lvi pp. Pagination irregular, text complete. Final 56 pp. is a law dictionary in parallel columns. Octavo (7-3/4" x 4-3/4"). Contemporary speckled calf, lettering piece and gilt-edged raised bands to spine, ribbon marker. A few nicks and shallow scuffs to boards, light rubbing to extremities, corners bumped, tiny hole to foot of rear joint. Moderate toning, faint dampstaining to margins of a few leaves, small faint dampspot to title page. A handsome copy of a rare title. $1,250. * Only edition. "The professed design of the following Essay is, to be an introduction of the common people, and beginners in the study of the Law, into the knowledge of writings, or of securities and conveyances, used in the practice of the Law of Scotland, with the Law itself relative thereto. (...) Those who have bred regularly to the knowledge of the Law, and are in the daily practice of it, cannot expect to find anything extraordinary in the Essay; but the time was with each of them, when such a book might have been of use to them; and they will not forget the steps by which they ascended to the top" (Preface). The English Short-Title Catalogue locates 2 copies (National Library of Scotland, UCLA Law School). OCLC adds 3 other copies (Georgetown University Law School, Mount St. Vincent University, University of Aberdeen). English Short-Title Catalogue T181838.
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