The proper order


An external enquirer asking for the case: Lord Hamilton v Glasgow Diary Company. “Ooh!”, I thought, “I wonder what that was about. Some salacious case of intrigue and scandal no doubt”…

Found the case. It’s the Glasgow Dairy Company (1933 SC 18). If there’s anything salacious in that I really don’t want to know.

To paraphrase the dearly departed Eric Morecambe, they used all the right letters, just not necessarily in the right order.


Stationery fish and the rule of law

So, I’ve long been commenting on the fact that legal publishers seem to embrace the use of copyright-free images for their cover art. This, however, goes beyond. Surely this…thing is the product of some child-art-prodigy. An editors offspring maybe? It looks like a poor sad fish has been skewered by a paperclip.

I’m wracking my brains but I see no connection between stationery fish and the rule of law. Help me out?

41rv2mQ8s-L__SX312_BO1,204,203,200_Reinforcing Rule of Law Oversight in the European Union by Carlos Closa (Editor), Dimitry Kochenov (Editor)

  • Hardcover: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (13 Oct. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-1107108882



The fall of the priests and the rise of the lawyers by Philip R Wood

Here’s another in my occasional series of “Law books which are slightly more exciting than most other law books”:

The fall of the priests and the rise of the lawyers by Philip R Wood
Hart Publishing Ltd, 2016
isbn: 9781509905546

Front Cover

This fast-paced, inspiring and original work proposes that, if religions fade, then secular law provides a much more comprehensive moral regime to govern our lives. Backed by potent and haunting images, it argues that the rule of law is the one universal framework that everyone believes in and that the law is now the most important ideology we have for our survival.

The book concludes with the author’s personal code for a modern way of living to promote the survival of humankind into the future.Vividly written by one of the most important lawyers of our generation, this magisterial and exciting work offers a powerful vision of the role of law in centuries to come and its impact on how we stay alive

Sounds most stirring!

Summary via NLS catalogue

Hannah Mary Tabbs and the Disembodied Torso…

indexFor the latest instalment in my occasional series “Law books which are slightly more exciting than most other law books” I present:

Hannah Mary Tabbs and the Disembodied Torso : A Tale of Race, Sex, and Violence in America by Kali Nicole Gross

How’s that for a title?

aka ‘Madagascar: or, Robert Drury’s journal’…

I’ve almost finished with the ‘dusty old book project’. Therefore this, you’ll be happy to know, will probably be the last in my series of convoluted old book titles (although I make no promises). This one employs a strange and unusual definition of the word ‘pleasant’:

The pleasant, and surprizing adventures of Mr. Robert Drury, during his fifteen years captivity on the island of Madagascar: Containing I. His Voyage to and short Story at the East Indies. II. An Account of the Ship-Wreck of the Degrave, on the Island of Madagascar; the Murder of Captain Younge, and his Ship’s Company, except Admiral Bembo’s Son, and some few Others, who made their Escape. III. His Captivity, hard Usage, Marriage, and wonderful Variety of Fortune. IV. His Travels thorow the Island, and Description of its Situation, Product, Manufactures, Commodities. &c. V. The Nature of the People, their Customs Wars, Religion and Policy: As also, The Conferences between Some of their Chiefs, and the Author, concerning the Christian, and their Religion. VI. His Redemption from thence by Captain Mackett, late Commander of the Prince of Wales, in the Honourable East India Company’s Service: His Arrival to England, and Second Voyage thither. Vii. A Vocabulary of the Madagascar Language. The Whole is a faithful Narrative of Matters of Fact, interspers’d with Variety of amazing Incidents, and illustrated with a Sheet Map of Madagascar, and Cuts. First written by himself, and now carefully revised, and corrected from the Original Copy, with Improvements.

Drury, Robert, 1687-1734?

London : printed, and sold by W. Meadows, in Cornhill ; T. Astley, in St. Paul’s Church-Yard ; and B. Milles, in Hound-Ditch near Bishopsgate, 1743.

The course of true love never did run smooth…

Here’s another one of these amazingly in-depth book titles from my ‘dusty old book project’

The virtuous milk-maid’s garland, containing a choice collection of new songs. I. Giving an Account how a ’squire fell in Love with a young Milk-Maid, with an Account of the ’squire and the Milk-Maid’s walking in the Field together; shewing the ’squire’s Rudeness, and what happen’d after. II. How the Milk-Maid left him for dead in the Fields, by a Wound she gave him with his Sword for his Lewdness: After his Wound was drest and no Danger appeared, he sent for the Milk-Maid and commended her for what she had done; and set the Day he would marry her, which was done to both their Satisfactions, …

[Newcastle upon Tyne?, s.n., 1765?]

And the winner is… The sad history of the Faculty Mummy

Once upon a time, a long time ago (660-330 BC, to be slightly more precise) a man lived, died and was mummified in ‘late period’ Egypt. Sadly that is all we currently know about this person, but death was only the beginning of his story…

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