Pothier on Hiring and Leases [Pothier, Robert Joseph (1699-1772)]. Traite du Contrat de Louage Selon les Regles Tant du For de la Conscience, Que du For Exterieur, Par L'Auteur du Traite des Obligations. Nouvelle Edition Tres-Exactement Corrigee. Paris: Chez Debure Pere, 1771. xvi, 488 pp. 12mo. (4" x 7"). Later quarter calf over marbled boards, marbled endpapers. Some wear to joints, edges and corners, boards rubbed and scuffed. Attractive woodcut printer device, head-pieces and tail-piece. Split between title page and table of contents, clean horizontal tear with no loss to a leaf. Occasional light browning, text otherwise fresh. On balance an appealing copy. $75. * Third edition. With index. Arguably the greatest French jurist of the eighteenth century, Pothier devoted much of his career to the study of French civil law. A brilliant and prolific scholar, he wrote a long series of treatises on all of its branches. This one deals with hiring and leases. Other volumes discuss sale, contacts, partnership, possession and other topics. In all cases Pothier examines each issue from the perspective of natural equity (or "interieur") and positive law (or "exterieur"). Distinguished by their clarity and organization, these treatises had a profound influence on the Code Napoleon. British Museum Catalogue (Compact Edition) 20:771 (citing a later printing).
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