by Mackenzie, James
1761. Notable Scottish Treatise On Inheritance and Succession [Mackenzie, James (fl. 1734)]. A Treatise Concerning the Origin and Progress of Fees: Or, The Constitution and Transmission of Heritable Rights. Being a Supplement to Spotiswood's Introduction to the Knowledge of the Stile of Writs. Edinburgh: Printed for Gideon Crawfurd, And Alexander Donaldson, 1761. viii, 280 pp. Octavo (6-1/2" x 3-3/4"). Contemporary calf, gilt-edged raised bands, lettering piece (reading Supplement to Spottiswood) and tiny fragment of early shelf label (?) to spine. Light rubbing and some minor nicks and scuffs to spine, moderate rubbing to extremities, corners bumped, early armorial bookplate to front pastedown. Light toning to text, somewhat heavier in places, light foxing to a few leaves. A nice copy. $450. * Second edition. First published in 1734, this treatise, to cite the preface, aimed to "illustrate, in a methodical way, the rise and progress of Heritable rights" (iii). A well-esteemed work, it went through other issues and editions in 1739, 1761 and 1782. (Spottiswoode's Introduction to the Knowledge of the Stile of Writs, the basis for Mackenzie's book, was first published in 1708.) English Short-Title Catalogue T75142.
(Inventory #: 67353)