Interesting Treatise on Maritime Law Praised by Joseph Story Targa, Carlo [1614-1700]. Ponderazioni Sopra la Contrattazione Marittima. Genoa: Dagli Eredi di Adamo Scionico, 1787. [viii], 259 pp. Quarto (8" x 5-1/2"). Contemporary tree calf, blind rules to boards, lettering piece and gilt ornaments to spine, edges rouged. Light rubbing to extremities with minor wear to corners, a few minor scuffs to boards, hinges cracked. Light toning to text, internally clean. Ex-library. Bookplate to front pastedown. A handsome copy. $500. * An enlarged later edition of an interesting treatise on maritime law, contracts and insurance. The main text is followed by a critical edition of the Rhodian Sea Law (in Greek with a parallel Latin text), which was compiled between 600-800 CE, and the complete text of the Florentine insurance statutes, which were enacted in 1529. Joseph Story held this work in high regard: "We had almost forgotten to speak of Targa, who, in his Reflections on Maritime Contracts, has drawn from the civil and canon law, the Consolato del Mare, the usages of maritime nations, and preceding writers, the most useful learning on all the subjects of maritime law except insurance; and has adapted his work to practice by collecting the forms of the various contracts, with hints for their proper application. He is generally esteemed as an industrious and correct author; but his fame seems lost in the superior blaze of his illustrious countryman.": "Literature of the Maritime Law" (1818) reprinted in The Miscellaneous Writings of Joseph Story, ed. William W. Story 111-112. OCLC locates 4 copies of this edition, 2 in the United States, both in law libraries (University of Michigan, University of Virginia). Not in Kress or Goldsmiths.' This edition not in the British Museum Catalogue.
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