The Earliest Printed Scottish Case Decisions Durie, Alexander Gibson, Lord [d.1644]. The Decisions Of The Lords Of Council And Session, In Most Cases of Importance, Debated and Brought Before Them; From July 1621 to July 1642. With an Index of the Pursuers and Defenders Names; And Another of the Most Material Points Decided Therein. Edinburgh: Printed by the Heir of Andrew Anderson; And Sold by George Mosman, 1690. [viii], 900, 43,  pp. Copperplate portrait frontispiece. Folio (11-1/2" x 7-1/4"). Contemporary calf, gilt library name to front board, gilt library insignia to rear board, raised bands and gilt title and ornaments to spine. Moderate rubbing to boards, front board detached, rear board partially detached but secure, heavier rubbing to extremities with notable wear to spine ends and corners, gilding mostly worn away from spine, library bookplate and small shelf label to front pastedown, front free endpaper, with early owner signature (Joshua Richardson), detached and lightly edgeworn. Moderate toning to interior, somewhat heavier in places, small library stamps to title page, which is lightly soiled, and a few other leaves, offsetting to margins of endleaves. $200. * Only edition. This is the earliest collection of Scots law decisions to be printed, sometimes referred to as "Lord Durie's Practicks." It was published posthumously by the author's grandson from notes taken by Gibson himself from the time of his elevation to the bench in 1621 to July of 1642. Gibson was a high-ranking Scottish judge, a serious student of the civil law whose attainments are discernible in the present work. English Short-Title Catalogue R249.
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