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. With Large Additions, Never Before Printed, Of Modern Cases, And Other Matters Proper Thereunto. London: Printed for J. Walthoe [et al.], 1707. [iv], xii [i.e. xvii], , 476 [i.e. 492],  pp. Page xvii numbered xii; pp. 278-293 repeated in paging. Two-plate copperplate allegorical frontispiece. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5-1/4"). Nineteenth century calf, blind rules to boards, raised bands and lettering piece to spine. Moderate rubbing to boards and extremities, corners lightly bumped, hinges just starting, front endleaf and rear free endpaper partially detached, owner bookplate to front pastedown. Light toning to text, somewhat heavier in places, faint dampspotting to a few leaves. Owner signatures to front pastedown and head of title page, interior otherwise clean. An appealing copy. $650. * Sixth edition. 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 T129181.
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