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Law, Lawyers, and HumanismSelected Essays on the History of Scots Law, Volume 1$
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John W Cairns

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748682096

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748682096.001.0001

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The Moveable Text of Mackenzie: Bibliographical Problems for the Scottish Concept of Institutional Writing

The Moveable Text of Mackenzie: Bibliographical Problems for the Scottish Concept of Institutional Writing

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(p.498) 18 The Moveable Text of Mackenzie: Bibliographical Problems for the Scottish Concept of Institutional Writing*
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Law, Lawyers, and Humanism
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John W Cairns

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748682096.003.0018

This chapter reflects on some technical issues raised by Early Modern books, and their potentially ‘moving’ texts within editions, as well as the significance of the development of texts through editions, as they are altered and often acquire a changing apparatus of notes. It sets out a reason to doubt the viability of the idea of an institutional writing or, indeed, that of an institutional writer, as a work, or author, of particular authority. It does so through an examination of the textual tradition of the Institutions of the Law of Scotland by Sir George Mackenzie first published in 1684. Mackenzie’s Institutions has been of immense importance in Scottish legal history. It is therefore important to locate the work within Mackenzie’s general oeuvre and intellectual concerns.

Keywords:   Scots law, law book, institutional writing, George Mackenzie, Institutions of the Law of Scotland

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