Beawes, Wyndham. Lex Mercatoria Rediviva; Or, A Complete Code of Commercial Law: Being a General Guide to All Men in Business; Whether as Traders, Remitters, Owners, Freighters, Captains, Insurers, Brokers, Factors, Supercargoes, or Agents. With an Account of Our Mercantile Companies; Our Colonies and Factories Abroad; Our Commercial Treaties with Foreign Powers; the Duty of Consuls, And of the Laws Concerning Aliens, Naturalization, and Denization. To Which Is Added, a Sketch of the Present State of the Commerce of the Whole World; Compiled from the works of the most celebrated British and Foreign Commercial Writers. Originally published: Dublin: Printed for John Rice [et. al.], 1795. Two volumes. x, 498; iv, 499-1010 pp. Reprinted 2004, 2019 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. ISBN-13: 9781584774303. ISBN-10: 1584774304. Hardcover. New. $125. * Reprint of the sixth edition. Also known as the law merchant, consuetudinary law or, somewhat anachronistically, commercial law, lex mercatoria is a system of customary law that developed in the European commercial community during the middle ages to regulate the dealings of mariners and merchants. Although lex mercatoria fell out of use during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, many of its principles were incorporated into the common law. They would later provide the foundation of the (U.S.) Uniform Commercial Code. Beawes [fl. 1775] was a merchant and his book, as indicated by its title, was intended to revive the lex mercatoria. Intended primarily as "a guide to all men in business," this book was nevertheless often cited by lawyers and its authority formed the basis of several decisions. It was especially influential in the United States, where, according to Kent's Commentaries on American Law, it was considered "an authority in mercantile customs" (III:126). The first edition of this book was published in 1751. Our reprint is of the sixth edition, which has considerable additions by Thomas Mortimer [1730-1810], an expert on finance and commercial law.
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