An "Interesting" and "Literary" Lecture on Jurisprudence Mackintosh, Sir James [1765-1832]. A Discourse on the Study of the Law of Nature and Nations; Introductory to a Course of Lectures on that Science, To be Commenced in Lincoln's Inn Hall, On Wednesday Feb 13, 1799. London: Printed for T. Cadell, Jun. and W. Davies, in the Strand; J. Debrett, Piccadilly; and W. Clarke, Portugal Street, Lincoln's Inn., 1799. [iv], 68 pp. Octavo (8-1/4" x 5"). Stab-stitched pamphlet bound in recent period style quarter calf over marbled boards by Philip Dusel. Light toning, faint offsetting to half-title and final leaf, internally clean. A handsome copy. $650. * First edition. "In 1799 [Mackintosh] gave a course of thirty-nine lectures in Lincoln's Inn Hall on the Law of Nature and Nations which were attended by many distinguished men, including six peers and twelve members of the House of commons. They were an interesting set of lectures on jurisprudence, which dealt with the relations between law and morals and with some of the underlying principles of public law, private law, and international law. His inaugural lecture, which he published under the title of A Discourse of the Law of Nature and Nations, is an able introduction possessed of literary qualities which were then not usually found in law books" (Holdsworth). It went through several editions, with the final edition appearing in 1835. An American edition was published in 1843. Holdsworth, History of English Law XIII:281-282. English Short-Title Catalogue T60478.
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