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RUSSELL, John.

The Form of Process in the Court of Session, and Court of Teinds.

To which is prefixed, a General Account of the College of Justice.

Edinburgh: Printed by Sands, Murray, and Cochran. For A. Kincaid and J. Bell, 1768 Stock Code: 136153
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First edition of this uncommon account of the Court of Sessions (the Scottish supreme court), and the Court of Teinds (a component of the court dealing with Scottish tithes), here in a contemporary binding and desirable condition. The work gives an overview of the courts, their history constitution, processes, and regulations. The Court of Teinds was a significant institution, as a great part of the property of the Catholic Church in Scotland and the associated payable tithes had passed into the hands of laymen following the Reformation. The book served as a concise handbook and overview of the format and process of both courts. The author John Russell (1710-1796) also published a Theory of Conveyancing (1788, second edition 1791) and an updated version of this book in 1791.

With a nice Scottish provenance, with the bookplate (engraved by Richard Sylvester in the Strand) to the front pastedown of Duncan Campbell of Barcaldine (1786-1842). The son and grandson of lairs who had supported their estate through a successful legal practice (particularly fitting for this book), Campbell managed to squander the family's wealth through reckless spending and died in virtual bankruptcy. Along the way he served in the Napoleonic Wars, enrolling as a teenager, fighting with Wellesley in the Peninsular, and came to hold double rank as lieutenant in a regiment of Foot Guards (an expensive, elite London regiment), and captain in a Scottish regiment. His military exploits and later office as Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Argyll were rewarded with a baronetcy in 1831. Due to his bankruptcy, his Barcaldine property was lost with his death. Above his bookplate, there is an early notation possibly reading A.C, for the lawyer Alexander Cambell (1745-1800), Duncan's father. Facing the bookplate is the 19th-century inscription "J. Gambrill Elmsted Kent" - the Gambrill family of Elmsted produced a few J. Gambrills, none of great distinction, who consequently cannot be firmly identified.

Two variant title pages are known without established priority, the other variant with the title identical other than an additional "the", and with the imprint noting different sellers, reading "sold by W. Miller, and other booksellers in Edinburgh, and by T. Cadell in the Strand, London". Both are uncommon, with ESTC locating copies of both variants combined in 11 institutions and a private collection.

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Description

Duodecimo (177 x 99 mm). Contemporary speckled calf, red morocco label.

Condition

Complete with initial addendum leaf. Binding with very minor peripheral rubbing but without splits or wear; internally, light creasing to the final few leaves, some offsetting from type, but generally clean, terminal blank X4 excised. A very nice copy.

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