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Practicks, Or a System of the More Ancient Law of Scotland. Sir James Balfour, Lord Pettindreich.
Practicks, Or a System of the More Ancient Law of Scotland...

Practicks, Or a System of the More Ancient Law of Scotland...

The Earliest Textbook of Scottish Law Balfour, Sir James, Lord Pettindreich [d. 1583]. Practicks, Or a System of the More Ancient Law of Scotland. Carefully Published From Several Manuscripts. Edinburgh: Printed by Thomas and Walter Ruddimans, 1754. [ii], xvii, 684, 10 pp. Folio (12-1/4" x 7-1/2"). Contemporary three-quarter calf over marbled boards, rebacked in period style, lettering piece and gilt-edged raised bands to spine, hinges mended. Moderate rubbing to boards and board edges, later armorial bookplate (of Sir Alexander Gordon of Culvennan) to front pastedown. Moderate toning to interior, light foxing in a few places, including title page, which is lightly soiled. $750. * Only edition. One of the most important books on Scots law, Practicks is widely believed to be the first textbook of its kind. It was compiled during the late sixteenth century and circulated for several decades as manuscript copies. Balfour was part of the commission that consolidated Scottish law. Similar in its general form to the Institutes of Justinian, this book grew out of his association with the commission. Although it is not certain how much was written by him, the work became known as "Balfour's Practicks." "This was the first of the great digest Practicks, and is notable to most lawyers as it was published in 1754 and has been continually quoted in our law books both before and after.": Stair Society, An Introductory Survey of the Sources and Literature of Scots Law (1936) 33-34. English Short-Title Catalogue T93691.

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