Ane Epitome or Abridgement off the Most Substantiall Thinges...
Manuscript Epitome of Sir Thomas Craig's Jus Feudale [Manuscript]. [Craig, Sir Thomas (c.1548-1608)]. Ane Epitome or Abridgement off the Most Substantiall Thinges Conteined in the Books off that Famous and Learned Jurisconsult Mr. Thomas Craiges off Riccartown, Advocat before the Lords of Counsell and Session, Treating upon the Feudal Law. [Scotland, 17th century]. [iv], 326 pp. Octavo (6-3/4" x 5-1/4"). Recent period-style sheep, raised bands, blind fillets and lettering piece to spine, blind tooling to board edges, endpapers renewed. Light toning, somewhat heavier in places, occasional light foxing and soiling, faint dampstaining to first third of text block, text in a small elegant hand. $2,750. * A neatly written manuscript copy of an unpublished epitome of Sir Thomas Craig's Jus Feudale, one of the first comprehensive legal treatises written in Scotland. First published in 1603, it is an essential work in seventeenth-century Scottish legal history. Craig's object was to assimilate the laws of England with those of Scotland. Unfortunately for him, however, the work had the opposite effect and became important in the codification of Scottish law as a body separate from English law. OCLC locates a similar manuscript at Harvard Law School; we located another similar copy at the British Library.
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