London: Printed for J. Hindmarsh, at the Golden Bail over against the Royal Exchange in Cornhill, 1691. Hardcover. Small Octavo. (6) 95 (1)pp. Rebound in brown cloth with gilt lettering on spine. Title words "Covetousness, Niggardliness," are gathered by a right brace and "Prodigality, Luxury." by a left brace. Leaf preceding title page with license to print on verso missing. Title page with black ruling. Dedication to the University of Oxford, 3 pages, followed by one page of "The Copy of a Letter sent together with the Dedication" addressed to Mr. Hindmarsh, signed Arch. Cockburn, London, May 16, 1691. "The Moral History of Frugality VVith its opposite Vices..." in four discourses is followed by an elogy in Latin by Tho. Glegg, M.D. in Dundee and and advertisement of books printed for J. Hindmarsh on verso of page 95. Binding slightly rubbed. Pictorial Exlibris of the John Crerar Library and Claremont stamp on inside front cover. Perforated Crerar stamp and faint stamp of previous owner on title page. Another name and date inked to verso of title page, library stamp and number on first dedication page. Few pencil markings in margins of block. Claremont library stamp at bottom of page 95. Library number and red paper dot on inside back cover. Binding and interior in overall very good condition. vg. Item #42836
"Sir George MacKenzie (1636–1691), of Rosehaugh, king's advocate during the period of the covenanting persecution, and known in Scottish covenanting tradition as the 'Bloody MacKenzie', second earl of Seaforth, by Elizabeth, daughter of Peter Bruce, D.D., principal of St. Leonard's College, St. Andrews, was born at Dundee in 1636... Mackenzie's career as public prosecutor can only be defended if in law, as in love and war. 'all things are fair.' His eager interest in constitutional history, and his overbearing temper, are partly accountable for his misuse of legal forms; and his hatred of religious fanaticism verged on fanaticism. But he was well equipped with common sense, and his efforts to prevent the torture of witches are to his credit. He was devoted to literature and learning." DNB.