12mo, pp. [xx], 481, . Contemporary dark sprinkled calf, spine divided by raised bands between gilt rules, red morocco label, other compartments with small central gilt lozenge tools, edges sprinkled red. Paper lightly toned. Rubbed at extremities, some light scratches and marks to boards, corners a touch worn, head of spine chipped. Front flyleaf with the name ‘Wm. Murray, Edinburgh’ and the date Dec. 30 1754, along with several pen trials and repetitions of the name; rear flyleaf with his name again and the note ‘June 12 1754, entered to my apprenticeship’.
The first edition was 1707, with new ones following at roughly 10-year intervals and the spelling of the author's name slowly acquiring additional silent letters, until Spotiswood had become Spottiswoode. As working textbooks, all editions are scarce, and ESTC locates only a handful of copies of this 4th edition: BL, NLS, Advocates, Aberdeen, Harvard Law, Melbourne, and Private Collections.