A Notable French Commentary on the XII Tables Bouchaud, Mathieu-Antoine [1719-1804]. Commentaire sur la Loi des Douze Tables. Paris: De l'Imprimerie de Moutard, 1787. xxiii, [i], 863,  pp. Quarto (9-3/4" x 7-1/2"). Contemporary calf with cats-paw decoration, gilt spine with raised bands and lettering pieces, gilt fillets to board edges, edges of text block rouged, marbled endpapers, ribbon marker. Light rubbing to extremities, minor chipping to foot of spine, corners bumped and somewhat worn, minor worming near lower corner of front board, rear pastedown, preliminaries and final two text leaves and rear free endpaper, hinges cracked. Light toning to text, negligible foxing to a few leaves, faint staining to margins of preliminaries and final few leaves of text. Early annotations to rear endleaf, interior otherwise clean. A handsome copy. $950. * First edition. Bouchaud was a professor of law at the College de France, member of several learned societies and an active participant in the eighteenth-century "republic of letters." Grounded in a study of original as well as secondary sources, it remains an important commentary. Another edition was published in 1803. Both are scarce. OCLC locates 19 copies of the first edition worldwide, 2 in North America (Harvard Law School, University of Montreal). This edition not in Camus. British Museum Catalogue (Compact Edition) 3:1055.
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