"Order, A Beauty in Every Composition, Is Essential in a Treatise on Equity" [Kames, Henry Home, Lord (1696-1782)]. Principles of Equity. Corrected and Enlarged in a Second Edition. Edinburgh: Printed for A. Millar, London; And A. Kincaid & J. Bell, Edinburgh. 1767. x, , 375,  pp. Folio (12-1/2" x 8"). Recent period-style three-quarter morocco over marbled boards, raised bands and lettering piece to spine, endpapers renewed. Moderate toning to text, offsetting to margins of preliminaries and final six leaves of text. An attractive copy. $1,500. * Second edition. The leading Scottish jurist of his day and an important figure of the Scottish Enlightenment, Lord Kames was an influence on David Hume, James Boswell and Adam Smith. Kames's commitment to Enlightenment principles influenced the design of his treatise on equity in Scottish law. Declaring that "order, a beauty in every composition, is essential in a treatise on equity," he restated this complex subject as a orderly system. The main text is prefaced by a "Preliminary Discourse" with the following chapters: "The Moral Sense," "Laws of Nature that Regulate Our Conduct in Society," "Principles of Duty and of Benevolence," "Rewards and Punishments," "Reparation" and "The Laws of Society Considered with Respect to Their Final Causes." This work was first published in 1760; its final authorial edition, the third, was published in 1778. English Short-Title Catalogue T67126.
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