A Classic Scottish Treatise on Writs, Forms and Other Aspects of Legal Composition Spottiswood, John. An Introduction to the Knowledge of the Stile of Writs, Simple and Compound, Made Use of in Scotland: Containing Directions for Drawing Securities, In Cases Which Most Commonly Occur, With Examples According to the Best Modern Practice. Written for the Use of the Students in Spotiswood's College of Law, And Now Publish'd for the Common Good. With Additions. Edinburgh: Printed by William Brown and John Mosman, 1727. [xxiv], 413,  pp. Includes 5-page publisher catalogue. Octavo (6-1/2" x 3-3/4"). Contemporary speckled calf, blind rules to boards, raised bands and lettering piece to spine, blind tooling to board edges. Light rubbing and a few small nicks, scratches and stains to boards, small paper labels to front board and head of spine, moderate rubbing to extremities, corners bumped, front hinge cracked, faint offsetting to endleaves, armorial bookplate (Cuninghame of Lainshaw) to front pastedown, early ownership signature (Alex. Cuningham) to head of title page. Moderate toning to interior, occasional light foxing, light soiling in a few places. $200. * Third edition. Around 1703, Spottiswood established Spottiswood's College of Law to compensate for the lack of a legal curriculum at the University of Edinburgh. Its main textbook was Sir George McKenzie's Institutes. Spottiswood wrote the Stile of Writs (1707), along with another book, The Form of Process (1711), to cover areas that are not treated in detail by Mackenzie. They were, in effect, supplementary textbooks. English Short-Title Catalogue T147577.
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