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“A LANDMARK EVENT IN SCOTTISH LEGAL HISTORY”

HUME, David. Commentaries on the Law of Scotland. Edinburgh, 1797, 1800, 1814. Five volumes altogether.

First edition of Baron Hume’s groundbreaking authoritative Commentaries on the Description and Punishment of Crimes, the “standard work on Scottish criminal law” (DNB), together with first edition of his two-volume Commentaries on Trial for Crimes, and exceedingly scarce first edition of his Supplemental Notes. Rarely found together, a seminal five-volume work by the nephew of philosopher David Hume, laying “the foundations of our modern criminal law," uniformly bound in contemporary calf. $6500.

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