New books in Taylor Library

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Dr Andrew Simpson with the essay collection

The latest additions to the Taylor Library general book collection have now been added to the new acquisitions page. See the list below for details and links to the book entries on Primo.

As we near the end of term, the number of books coming in naturally goes down, however April’s sole addition is one of note –  a collection of essays in memory of Professor Angelo Forte (1949 – 2012),  who held the Chair of Commercial Law at the University of Aberdeen from 1993 – 2010. The volume is contributed to and edited by Aberdeen Law Lecturer Dr. Andrew Simpson, and in addition to being available to borrow from the Taylor Library, the collection is also available to purchase here.

The volume was successfully launched in the Craig Suite of the Sir Duncan Rice Library on 20th January of this year.

April 2017
Author Title Publisher Shelfmark
Simpson, Andrew R. C. (ed) Continuity, change and pragmatism in the law: essays in memory of professor Angelo Forte Aberdeen : Aberdeen University Press, 2016 349.411 SIM
March 2017
Author Title Publisher Shelfmark
Dixon, Martin Cases and materials on international law Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2016 341.026 DIX
Flyn, Derek Crofting law Edinburgh : Avizandum Publishing Ltd., 2017 343.411076 FLY
Guilfoyle, Douglas International criminal law Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2016 345 GUI
Klip, André Annotated leading cases of international criminal tribunals. Special Tribunal for Lebanon 2009 – 2013 Cambridge : Intersentia, c2017 Rep 340 Ann
McNeill, Peter G. B. Adoption of children in Scotland Edinburgh : W. Green/Thomson Reuters, 2016 346.0178 MCN
Sutherland, Elaine (ed) Implementing Article 3 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child: best interests, welfare and well-being Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2016 344.0317 SUT
       
February 2017
Author Title Publisher Shelfmark
Gill, Brian Agricultural tenancies*

*Previous editions titled Law of agricultural holdings in Scotland.

Edinburgh : W. Green/Thomson Reuters, 2017 346.41104348 GIL
McKendrick, Ewan Contract law Basingstoke : Macmillan Education/Palgrave, 2015 346.4202 MCK

 

Rotabi, Karen Smith From intercountry adoption to global surrogacy: a human rights history and new fertility frontiers London : Routledge, 2016 306.8743 ROT

 

New books in Taylor Library

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February saw three new additions to the Taylor Library general book collection. See the list below for details and links to the book entries on Primo. You can also have a look at the Taylor new acquisitions page for a list of what has come in over the last three months.

February 2017
Author Title Publisher Shelfmark
Gill, Brian Agricultural tenancies*

*Previous editions titled Law of agricultural holdings in Scotland.

Edinburgh : W. Green/Thomson Reuters, 2017 346.41104348 GIL
McKendrick, Ewan Contract law Basingstoke : Macmillan Education/Palgrave, 2015 346.4202 MCK

 

Rotabi, Karen Smith From intercountry adoption to global surrogacy: a human rights history and new fertility frontiers London : Routledge, 2016 306.8743 ROT

Old books for contemporary readers

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Readers can find an extensive collection of paper books on the second floor of the Taylor Library & EDC. Nowadays, when there is a significant shift from physical resources to online collections, our general law book collection is less busy than it was.

Undergraduate students mainly use Heavy Demand items on their course reading lists. These are textbooks, monographs, or anthologies of various fields of law. Dissertation time is probably the first time when many of them venture upstairs, and have a more thorough look around the general law collection. This is not the case with the postgraduate and especially research students who tend to use this collection more regularly. As they have to demonstrate a deeper knowledge of their chosen fields, they need more rigorous research and wider reading on their topics.

The general law collection is an ideal source of information. Covering almost every possible area of the law, it provides books, research papers, pamphlets, folios, etc. Not all materials are in English. The collection houses a quite unique Roman law section, with books written in Latin, German or French. The oldest books go back to the turn of the 19th century. [See Pandekten (1800) written by Carl Georg von Wachter (1797 -1880) and Oscar Eberhard Siegfried von Wachter (1825-1902)].

Among the old books, there are a few very well-known publications. If someone is studying law, some books are surely unmissable, like An institute of the law of Scotland: in four books: in the order of Sir George Mackenzie’s Institutes of the law by John Erskine (1695-1768); Commentaries on the law of Scotland respecting crimes by David Hume (1757-1838) or Principles of the law of Scotland by George Joseph Bell (1770-1843).

Of course, not all old books are as rare or as famous as the ones just mentioned. But all of them are important in their own way, and are excellent for historical studies or just providing a historical perspective for a given legal research. To rediscover the hidden treasures of the general law collection, and to highlight a few interesting items there, we are launching a new series of posts. Our aim is to introduce old books to contemporary readers.

The first book chosen is entitled The Court of Session Garland. It is an anthology compiled by James Maidment (1793-1879), and makes for a very lighthearted reading. The author was a prominent Advocate on genealogical cases and a friend of Sir Walter Scott. He also proved himself as a historian, poet and literary collector. Maidment’s personal library was so huge (more than 5000 items at the time of his death) that the auction for the sale of the collection lasted more than 15 sessions in 1880, and raised about £4,500. [See Oxford Dictionary of National Biography]

The Court of Session Garland is a collection of humorous writings (anecdotes, songs, sonnets, epigrams, literary sketches) written by – among others – Scottish lawyers of the era (lawyers, advocates, judges). The individual pieces were selected by Maidment, and then published by Thomas G. Stevenson in Edinburgh in 1839. Of course, the book is neither a serious legal nor a sophisticated literary work, its importance lies in its significance for cultural history. The book offers a fascinating and original insight into the life of early 19th century legal professionals. It sheds a humorous light on the Scottish Bar.

And, to spark your interest in the publication, here are a few quotes from the book:

I.

“EPIGRAM ON THE LATE HUGO ARNOT. ESQ. ADVOCATE.

Written by the Honourable Henry Erskine.

The Scriptures assure us much may be forgiven
To flesh and to blood, by the mercy of heaven ;
But I’ve searched all the books, and texts I find none
That extend such forgiveness to skin and to bone.*

*Hugo was so attenuated as to be almost a walking skeleton, – had he lived till the year 1825, he might have proved a formidable rival to the living skeleton of that period. One day he was eating a split dried haddock, commonly called a spelding, when the reputed author of these lines came in, – “You see,” says Hugo, “I am not starving,” “I must own,” observed Henry Erskine, “that you are very like your meat.”

II.

 “SONG,

BY WILLIAM ERSKINE, ESQ. ADVOCATE.

William Erskine, afterwards Lord Kinneder, was the son of the Reverend William Erskine, Minister of Muthil, -he was admitted Advocate in 1790, was appointed Sheriff-Depute of Orkney 6th June 1809, and promoted to the Bench, on the resignation of Lord Balmuto, on the 29th January 1822; -he died on the 14th of August following; -he was the intimate friend of Sir Walter Scott, and author of several small poems, amongst which are Supplementary Verses to Collins’ Ode on the Superstitions of the Highlands, which possess great poetical merit.

1.

O say not Cynthia, maid divine !
That vain our vows must ever prove,
That far from thee I still must pine,
For fortune is the foe of love,
And blissful dreams and visions bright.
Ah ! yield not to the fiend despair,
Nor dash with shades of deepest night,
The scenes our fancy form’d so fair.
Far, far from hollow splendor flee,
And live with innocence and me.

2.

Come, view the vale, my peerless maid,
Where lost to all but thee I dwell,
Where nature’s beauties deck the shade
That hides thy lover’s lowly cell.
See, peace, the cherub, wanders here,
See, independence guards my store,
And truth, and hope, and love are here,-
My Cynthia can’st thou wish for more ?
Then haste from hollow splendor flee,
And dwell with innocence and me.”

 

Now, you can read the parody of the previous poem here:

“PARODY ON THE PRECEDING,

BY GEORGE CRANSTON, ESQ. LORD COREHOUSE.

1.

O say not William, youth divine,
In vain your company I seek,
That far from me to-day you dine,
Tho’ you were ask’d on Thursday week.
Your leisure hours, your eves of rest,
O give not to some stupid drone,
Nor be the dull Dunsinnan’s* guest,
For you had better yawn alone.
Far, far from Lords of Session flee,
And dine with Thomson,† and with me.

2.

Come, view the meal, my peerless blade,
Which Annie’s gentle cares afford,
Two chickens from the Cowgate head,
To grace your George’s simple board,-
And peas,-the pudding crowns my cheer,-
Potatoes purchas’d at the door,
And greens, and tarts, and ham, are here,-
My William can’st thou wish for more?
Then haste, from Lords of Session flee,
And dine with Thompson and with me.”

* Sir William Nairn, Bart. Lord Dunsinnan,-his Lordship was admitted advocate 11th March 1755, made a Lord of Session 9th March 1786, and of Justiciary, 24th December 1792. He resigned the latter appointment in 1808, the former in 1809, and died at Dunsinnan House on the 20th of March 1811. He was uncle of the celebrated Katherine Nairn, who was convicted, 14th August 1768, of being art and part guilty with her brother-in-law, Lieutenant Patrick Ogilvie, of the murder of her husband, Thomas Ogilvie of Eastmiln, as also of an incestuous intercourse with her said brother-in-law. She, (by her uncle’s assistance, as was reported,) escaped from prison, and thus avoided the gallows; but her paramour was executed. In a Magazine for 1777 she is said to have taken refuge in a Convent at Lisle, “a sincere penitent”.

† Thomas Thomson, Esq. Deputy-Clerk-Register, and one of the Principal Clerks of Session.”

III.

“SONNET

TO PATRICK ROBERTSON, ESQ.

Patrick ! Thou whom no man or mother’s son,
From Rydal northward to thine own Strathspey,
The grave can better temper with the gay ;
Who art in truth a double-barrell’d gun,
One barrell charg’d with law, and one with fun ;
Accept the customary votive lay,
On this the festive, though the thoughtful day,
When time another cycle hath begun,
Spite of the working of “ the people’s bill,”
May thy quaint spirit long impart its zest
Unto thy daily life–making the year
One constant merry Christmas–seasoning still
The learning of the law with well-tim’d jest,
And meditation pale, with purple cheer.

W—— W—DS—TH.

R——- l M——nt,
Jan. 1836

Fishy

 

Taylor Library Team
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

Tip of the day: House of Commons Parliamentary Papers

 

UK Parliament

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Did you know that the library provides direct access to the House of Commons Parliamentary Papers (HCPP)?

The HCPP has different collections, e.g.:

  • 18th century collection (1688-1834),
  • 19th century collection (1801-1900),
  • 20th century collection (1901-2003/04 session),
  • 21st century module 1 (2004/05-2009/10 session),
  • Hansard (1803-2005).

Through the collections you can search more than 200,000 House of Commons sessional papers. To get access to the database, please follow the steps below:

  • Visit the library home page,
  • Use the quick search box of Primo, and type ‘House of Commons Parliamentary Papers’ in the search box and press enter,
  • Finally, to select the database from the result screen, click on ‘View online’ tab.

For more information, please read our Library Guide on the Official Publications Collection.

Taylor Library Team
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

 

New Books in the Taylor Library

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December’s list of new acquisitions is now up on the Taylor Library webpages. As always you can click on the shelf-mark to view the book records on Primo, from where you can check status and availability, place holds and make reservations where applicable.

Happy New Year from everyone at Taylor!

Finance (No.2) Act 2015

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The Finance (No.2) Act 2015 is now on Westlaw UK with all amendments and commencement information.

Westlaw UK aims “to publish all new legislation the morning after publication, with new amendments highlighted within 48 hours. Case digests are written for the most influential cases on the day the judgment is delivered, with Status Icons of all the affected cases updated within 24 hours.”

Elaine Shallcross
Information Consultant, Law & Business
e.shallcross@abdn.ac.uk

LexisNexis announces upgrade to Lexis®Library

LexisNexis logoSubject to a successful release, a number of ‘cosmetic’ changes to Lexis®Library take effect on
Saturday 5th December.

LexisNexis have reported the following improvements to Lexis®Library:

  • A more intuitive search experience.The Explore search box moves to the heart of the homepage and includes content filters.
  • A tidier, bigger, better display of results. Single results list opens up the page, with filtering in one place and the option to deliver multiple documents.
  • The option to search across ALL subscribed UK legal content. In one place for the first time, including both Lexis®Library and LexisPSL content included in the search results.
  • Glossary searches move to the home page. Get quick access to over 3,300 legal terms.”

Please see the new Academic User Guide for updated product guidance.

Staff at the Help Desk in the Taylor Library are happy to help with any questions regarding the changes to Lexis®Library.

Elaine Shallcross
Information Consultant, Law & Business