Important Early Treatise on Maritime Law Molloy, Charles [1646-1690]. De Jure Maritimo et Navali: Or, a Treatise of Affairs Maritime and of Commerce. In Three Books. London: Printed for John Bellinger, 1682. [xxiv], 433,  pp. Two-page copperplate pictorial frontispiece, three-page publisher advertisement. Large octavo (7-3/4" x 5-1/4"). Contemporary calf, blind rules to boards, rebacked in period style, raised bands and lettering piece to spine, endpapers renewed. Some mottling to boards, light rubbing to edges, corners bumped, upper margins of frontispiece mended (no loss to image). Some toning to text, light foxing to preliminaries and a few other places. "6/6" in early hand to margin of frontispiece, interior otherwise clean. $500. * Third edition, one of two issues from 1682. For many years this was the standard treatise on international, commercial and maritime law, and went through many editions, the first published in 1676, the last in 1778. "It was not until 1676 that a man, who had some claims to be called an English lawyer, wrote upon [bills of exchange]. Charles Molloy who was both a civilian and a member of Lincoln's Inn and Gray's Inn, in the second book of his very successful treatise, De Jure Maritimo et Navali, gives us some account of these branches of the law" (Holdsworth). Chapters III and IV deal with privateers and piracy. Holdsworth, Sources and Literature of English Law 210. English Short-Title Catalogue R32101.
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