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Pitcairn's Criminal Trials in Scotland  

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Criminal Trials in Scotland, from A.D. M.CCCC.LXXXVIII to A.D. M.D.C.XXIV, Embracing the Entire Reigns of James IV and V, Mary Queen of Scots, and James VI. Compiled from the original records and Mss. with Historical Notes and Illustrations

Pitcairn, Robert


WIlliam Tait, et al.



3 volumes in 4. xii, [20], 440; 441-513, [1]-400; [4], [1]-604; [4], 746 pp. Engraved frontispieces in Volumes. 1, Parts 1 and Part 2, lithographed facsimile text frontispieces in Volumes 3 and 4, 2 engraved plates in Volume 2. (4to) original full cloth with gilt lettered spines. First Edition.

A massive compilation of early criminal cases from the Scottish courts, including the notice of "Remission to John Thowless, in Brechin, for the slaughter of Alexander Meill, committed 'on suddentie,' by the stroke of a 'golf-club.'" Johnston, The Chronicles of Golf, p. 30-31, discusses the finer points of the case, which may well devolve to issues of translation. Ex libris Alexander Sinclair with "The Sinclair Collection" Crawford Priory bookplate in each volume. Old bookbinder ticket of Robert Seton, Edinburgh, also in each volume. Modern bookplate of the William Roberto golf library  in each as well.

Lot Amendments

Minor scuffing and spotting to covers, hinges cracking, slight bumping to corners; edges a bit soiled one plate foxed, very good.

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