Eighteenth-Century Anthology of Writings on Maritime Law Rau, Francesco, Translator and Editor. Rivani, Alessandro, Translator and Editor. Sella, Gaspero, Translator and Editor. Biblioteca di Gius Nautico, Contenente le Leggi delle Piu' Culte Nazione, Ed i Migliori Trattati Moderni Sopra le Materie Marittime Illustrati con Note Interessanti. Il Tutto Tradotto in Lingua Italiana. Florence: Nella Stamperia di Antonio Benucci e Compagni, 1785. Two volumes. xxxii, 264; viii, 287,  pp. Quarto (9" x 6-1/2"). Contemporary vellum, gilt title panels to spines, speckled edges. Light rubbing and a few minor nicks to extremities, spine ends bumped, boards slightly bowed, stain to spine of Volume II. Very light toning to text, somewhat heavier in places, light foxing to a few leaves. A handsome copy. $1,750. * Only edition. This is a carefully edited, translated and well-annotated anthology of classic writings on maritime law for an Italian audience. Arranged chronologically, its oldest work is the Byzantine Rhodian Sea Law (7th century CE); its newest work is the 1681 Marine Ordinance of Louis XIV. Among the other texts are the Laws of Oleron, the Laws of Wisby and a selection of laws from the Theodosian Code relating to maritime affairs. OCLC locates 12 copies worldwide, 4 in North America, 2 in law libraries (Library of Congress, University of Michigan).
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