Two Titles by an Important Scottish Jurist, One With Several Hand-Colored Leaves of Arms and Heraldic Devices Mackenzie, Sir George [1636-1691]. Observations Upon the Laws and Customs of Nations, As to Precedency. Edinburgh: Printed by the Heir of Andrew Anderson, Printer to His most Sacred Majesty, 1680. [xviii], , 92, 89-92 pp., text continuous. With engraved portrait frontispiece of George Mackenzie. [With] Mackenzie, Sir George. The Science of Herauldry, Treated as a Part of the Civil Law, And Law of Nations: Wherein Reasons are Given for its Principles, And Etymologies for its Harder Terms. Edinburgh: Printed by the Heir of Andrew Anderson, Printer to His most Sacred Majesty, 1680. [xiii], 98 [i.e. 102],  pp. With a copperplate pictorial title page and 30 leaves of arms and other heraldic devices, several hand-colored. Folio (15" x 9-1/2"). Recent three-quarter calf over cloth boards, raised bands, blind fillets, lettering piece and gilt date to spine, endpapers renewed. A few small nicks, scratches and stains to calf, corners slightly bumped. Light toning to interior, light soiling in a few places, title page of Observations crudely mended without loss, both frontispieces and several corners in Herauldry mended with minor loss, small tears to two plates in Herauldry mended. $950. * First editions. Mackenzie was Lord Advocate during the reigns of Charles II and James II. He is best known for his leading role in the persecution of Scottish Presbyterians, which earned him the nickname "Bloody MacKenzie." An important jurist, scholar and author, he was also the founder of the Advocates Library, which is now Scotland's national law library. This volume features two of his legal and historical works. Observations is an overview of a wide range of topics related to the precedence of heirs, including women, twins and madness. The Science of Herauldry discusses the history, legal rights and entitlement to the use of heraldic arms, and also describes the components of arms. It is supplemented by detailed plates, several of which are colored beautifully in ink by an early hand. English Short-Title Catalogue R5733, R21727.
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