A Collection and Abridgement of Celebrated Criminal Trials in...
First Edition of the Most Famous Collection of Scots Trials Arnot, Hugo [1749-1786]. A Collection and Abridgement of Celebrated Criminal Trials In Scotland, From A.D. 1536, To 1784. With Historical and Critical Remarks. Edinburgh: Printed for the Author; by William Smellie, 1785. xxiii, , 400 pp. Additional leaf of "Subscribers Omitted" inserted between pp. xiv and xv. Quarto (10-1/2" x 8-1/4"). Contemporary three-quarter calf over marbled boards, blind fillets to calf edges, raised bands, gilt fillets, blind stamping and lettering piece to spine, marbled edges. Light rubbing and a few scuffs, nicks and scratches to boards, moderate rubbing and light wear to extremities, including corners, which are bumped, front hinge cracked, rear hinge starting at head, slight offsetting to endleaves. Light toning, occasional light foxing, light soiling in a few places, small tear to bottom edge of leaf Aa4 (pp. 191-192) without loss. $750. * First edition. According to Walker, Arnot's work contains the only accounts of many trials otherwise unknown. Contents include chapters on treason, murder, piracy, forgery, incest, adultery, blasphemy, witchcraft and crimes against religion and the state among others. With a twelve-page list of over 800 subscribers that includes the Prince of Wales, Adam Smith, Thomas Erskine, Lord Chancellor Thurlow and many other luminaries. Walker, The Oxford Companion to Law 79. English Short-Title Catalogue T142881.
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