Distinguished French Dictionary With a New Introduction by Jennie Meade Ferriere, Claude Joseph de. Dictionnaire de Droit et de Pratique, Contenant L'Explication des Termes de Droit, d'Ordonnances, de Coutumes, & de Pratique. Avec les Jurisdictions de France. Nouvelle Edition, Revue, Corrigee & Augmentee Par M***. Originally published: Toulouse: Chez Me. Rayet, 1787. 2 Vols. 8-1/2" x 11." viii (iii-viii new introduction), [iii], 829, 6; [vi], 884 pp. Text printed in double columns. Reprinted 2008 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. With a New Introduction by Jennie Meade, Director of Special Collections, George Washington University Jacob Burns Law Library. ISBN-13: 9781584776550; ISBN-10: 1584776552. Hardcover. New. $150. * Reprint of the final edition, "with additions exclusive to this edition, as well as those added to the 1771 Paris edition." First published in 1734, this was the most important French law dictionary of the eighteenth century. An encyclopedic work, most of its definitions are remarkably long and detailed. Many entries are divided into complex sub-categories, several include the etymology of legal terms and trace the history of laws and customs. This dictionary reflects the optimistic spirit of progressive reform that reached fruition in the French Revolution. In his definition 'Juge,' for example, he criticizes the vast power given to ecclesiastical judges and courts in the past and expresses thanks that they do not enjoy these powers any longer (Volume II 71). Ferriere [c.1680-c.1748] was a well known French jurisconsult, dean of the Faculty of Law in Paris and a prolific author. M*** is believed to be A.G. Boucher d'Argis [1708-1791], a Parisian jurist and legal writer.
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