This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913 edition. Excerpt: ...to whom it clearly does not belong, and one wished it did not belong to Kames either. He spared himself as little as he did ...Read MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913 edition. Excerpt: ...to whom it clearly does not belong, and one wished it did not belong to Kames either. He spared himself as little as he did others. He lived in New Street, an early old-time improvement on the north side of the Canongate, and from there he went to the Parliament House in a sedan chair. One morning, near the end, he was being helped into it, for he was old and infirm, when James Boswell crossed his path. Jamie was always in one scrape or the other, but this time you fancy he had done something specially notorious. "I shall shortly be seeing your father,"said Kames (old Auchinleck had died that year (I 782), as on the 27th of December did Kames himself); " have you any message for him? Shall I tell him how you are getting on? " You imagine his diabolical grin and Bozzy's confused answer. Beside these quaint figures Lord Hailes, with his ponderous learning, is a mere Dry-as-dust antiquary--the dust lies ever deeper over his many folios; of his finical exactness there still linger traditions in the Parliament House. It is said he dismissed a case because aword was wrongly spelt in one of the numbers of process. Thus he earned himself a couplet in the once famous Court of Session Garland. " To judge of this matter I cannot pretend, For justice, my Lords, wants an ' e ' at the end." So wrote Boswell, himself, though he only partly belongs to Edinburgh, not the least interesting figure of our period. There is more than one story of him and Kames. The judge had playfully suggested that Boswell should write his biography! How devoutly you wish he had. What an entertaining and famous book it had been! but perhaps he had only it in him to do one biography, and we know how splendid that was. Poor...Read Less
Good. No Dust Jacket. B000856HTU Brownish black paper covers with black titles and a brown cloth binding; gold titles on spine; no jacket wear to covers and edges; end papers are darkened; previous owner's blind stamp on title page; pages are clean and unmarked; pencil marking rear pastedown; 293 pgs.
Ships from the UK within 24 hours. Published by FOULIS in 1913, 286 pages, reprint, hardback (no Dust Jacket), medium size, covers good, internally good, pages uncut, dulled gilt titled spine, brown cloth.
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