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    Thomas Murray. The Laws and Acts of Parliament Made by King James the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth. Queen Mary, King James the Sixth, King Charles the First, King Charles the Second Who now presently Reigns, Kings and Queen of Scotland. Edinburgh: David Lindsay, 1681. Krown & Spellman retail: $600. First edition. [Two editions were printed in 1681, one in duodecimo and the other in folio, the former being less accurate.]
    Folio. *4,A-H2,I-2C4,2D2,2E-3Z4,†2,††1, ()-5()2,Π1,A-2A4,2B3,*2,†2,††1,*-2*2,3*1,¶-3,¶2, A-K2,3L4(-L4),4A2,4Π1,4B-K2,4[L]1. [6],521,[1],19,[1],[2],198,[4],6,9,[1],11,[1],[43],[1],[1].pp. Extra engraved title page, full-page arms of Scotland, 9 full page portrait plates by James Clark. Full old calf, disbound, leather peeling back from boards. Banded spine damage to head and tail, gilt stamp decoration peeling off. Red speckled edges. Occ. browning, foxing, minor damp stains. Front free endpaper and first leaf torn and loose (no text loss), previous owner's name on first leaf "W[ilia]m Drummond, 1703," in old hand. Wormhole in lower left margin, no loss of text. Part II: F1 has small hole in lower right corner, no loss of text; Part III: K2 has lower right corner missing, no loss of text. Bookplate of John Drummond on verso of front free endpaper, contemporary note regarding plates on recto. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.


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    Thomas Murray (1630?-84) was the clerk register of Glendoick, Scotland. In 1679 he was granted a license to publish all the acts, laws, constitutions, and ordinances, new and old, of Scotland. "He does not seem to have taken much share in the preparation of the bolumes that still are quoted under his name, and certainly did not avail himself of the special facilities for executing the work which his position as lord-clerk-register gave him. His edition of the statutes is copied directly from Skene's edition of 1597, with the subsequent laws printed from sessional publications to bring up the work to 1681." - DNB. Still, Murray's edition of the Statutes was commonly cited as an authority in the Scottish courts until the early twentieth century. It contains the first law on golf.

    Wing S1265. Aldis 2243. ESTCr15415. Sweet & Maxwell (1st) I,379,8. Marvin 532.



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