Dutch Marine Laws with Interesting Content About the Americas Verwer, Adriaen [1654-1720]. Weytsen, Quintyn [1518-1565]. Nederlants See-Rechten; Avaryen; En Bodemeryen: Begrepen in de Gemeene Costuimen Vander See; De Placcaten van Keiser Karel den Vijfden, 1551; en Koning Filips den II. 1563; 't Tractaet van Mr. Quintijn Weitsen van de Nederlantsche Avaryen: Ende Daerenboven in Eene Verhandelinge Nopende het Recht der Hollantsche Bodemeryen. Amsterdam: by Jan Boom, 1711. [xii], 242,  pp. Quarto (8-1/2" x 6-1/2"). Contemporary quarter vellum over marbled boards, early hand-lettered title to spine, untrimmed edges. Moderate rubbing to boards and extremities, spine darkened, front joint partially cracked, some wear to corners, crack in text block between front endleaf and title page, which is printed in red and black. Light browning, light foxing in places, neat extensive contemporary annotations to margins of several leaves. $1,500. * Second edition. Originally published in 1707, this collection of texts provide a vivid historical background for the maritime laws of one of Europe's great sea powers. The work starts with the medieval Laws of Wisby and continues with articles on the Dutch marine laws from the early 16th century up to the time of printing. Some were composed in response, as the title notes, to the cruel customs of the sea expressed in declarations by Emperor Charles V in 1551 and King Philip II of Spain in 1563 and 1565 that were intended to restrict commerce between their colonies and the United Netherlands. Verwer's chapter deals with the laws of navigation and includes a section on Brazil, Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica, and references to the voyages of Amerigo Vespucci (p. 33). Weytsen's chapter was originally published in 1617 as Tractaat van Avaryen. It addresses the law of average, which requires all parties involved in a shipping enterprise to share the cost of sacrificing some goods in order to save others. Also included are works on bottomry and respondentia (insurance on vessels and cargos, and loans on both), shipwrecks and pirates, among other topics. Dekkers, Bibliotheca Belgica Juridica 178.
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