Lot 365: [Skene, John]. The Lawes and Actes of Parliament, maid be King James the First, and his successours Kinges of Scotland: Visied, collected and extracted furth of the register. The Contentes of this buik, are expremed in the leafe following, Edinburgh: Robert Waldegrave, 1597, , 1-73, 75-162, 1-14, 17-18, 20-55, 57-143, 145-147, 149-159, 161-178, [1-90] leaves, engraved title cropped & frayed to margins, dust-soiled and lined to verso, letterpress title torn with loss to imprint, decorative initials and headpieces etc., lacking 18 leaves (n2, C3-4, D1, K2, Bb1, Bb4, Ee1, S1-S6 & T1-4) and lacking the folding genealogical chart, dd5 torn to fore-edge margin and R6 excised to fore-edge margin, occasional early manuscript annotations, few marks, light dampstaining and some dust-soiling, contemporary sheep, small folio. STC 21877. This work contains a significant group of the laws of Scotland, which is notable for the appearance in print for the second time only of the laws enacted regarding golf: In the reign of King James the Second, Fourteenth Parliament, VI of March, 1457, "Item . . . It is Decreeted & ordained . . . that the Fute-ball and Golfe be utterly cryed downe, and not to be used". Additional acts prohibiting the sport were introduced during the reign of King James the Third in 1471 and again during the reign of King James the Fourth in 1491. The 1566 first printing of this work entitled "The Actis and Contitutions of the Realm of Scotland" contained the first appearance in print of the word "Golfe". Sold with all faults, not subject to return. (1)
Dominic Winter's Travel & Natural History, Early Printed Books, Maps, Globes & Decorative Prints, Science & Mathematics, Bookbinding Equipment Auction July 2015
Wednesday, 15th July 2015
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