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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Itself, †It self, pron. Also: selfe, selff, selve and yt selfe. [ME. itself (14th c.), earlier it, hit selue, self, OE. hit self; It pron., Self. Chiefly written as two words. Uncommon; the usual Sc. expression was the self.] Itself, in emphatic and reflexive uses. Chiefly in the prep. phrases in and of it self.(1) 1385 3rd Rep. Hist. MSS. 410/1.
And to do … eftyr my somons … as the law and ordyr of law askys in yt selfe
1399 Holyrood Chart. 113.
[The indenture] sall he of na valow … bot be qwit of it selfe
c1420 Wynt. viii. 5618.
A wycht hows … That rycht wycht off it-selff [v.rr. the self] it was
1436 Coll. Aberd. & B. 394.
The processe was suthfaste and lauchfully done in it selff
1522 Grant Burgh Schools 56.
Quhy is ane pronowne first persone? For it signifyis the thing that spekis of itself
1584 Acts III. 294/2.
Ane crime … haynous in it self
c1600 Pont Cunningham 6.
[The soil] being of it selve of a spongeous nature
1627 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 261.
This auld consuetude … is verie equitable of it selff
(2) 1533 Gau 84/14.
Psalmis ar guid prayers bot thay schaw notht sa cleirlie this prayers meninge as it dwis it selff
a1570-86 J. Maitland Maitl. F. lxxxviii. 6.
The suythe sall schaw it selffe out to thair schame
1597 James VI Dæmonol. 40.
I thinke it is directlie contrarie to it selfe, for it to be made so little and yet not diminished
(3) 1606 Birnie Kirk-b. xvii.
They agree to the graue as the … gate of Hell, so … by the same figure, to the golfe itselfe

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