Interesting Napoleonic-Era Treatise on Maritime and Commercial Law Piantanida, Luigi. Della Giurisprudenza Marittima-Commerciale Antica e Moderna. Milan: Dalla Stamperia e Fonderia di Gio. Giuseppe Destefanis (Volume I); Dalla Stamperia e Fonderia di Giuseppe e Paolo Fratelli Veladini (Volumes II-IV), 1806-1808. Four volumes. Does not have the portrait frontispiece of author issued with some copies of this title. Complete set. Folio (11-1/4" x 8-1/2"). Three-quarter vellum over patterned paper boards, lettering pieces to spines. Light rubbing to extremities, a few minor stains to boards, corners and spine ends lightly bumped. Copperplate vignettes to dedication leaves of each volume. Light toning to text, occasional faint dampstaining to margins of Volume II, internally clean. $1,950. * Only edition. Dedicated to Napoleon, this ambitious treatise uses a history of maritime and commercial law as the basis for a set of general principles. It is also useful for its overview of these subjects during the early phase of the Napoleonic era. His dedication indicates a keen desire for a commission to produce a commercial code for the Kingdom of Italy, the north-Italian puppet state established by Napoleon. OCLC locates 14 copies worldwide, 6 in North America, 5 in law libraries (Harvard, Library of Congress, UC-Berkeley, University of Michigan, Yale). British Museum Catalogue (Compact Edition) 20:268.
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