1649 Restatement of Laws Governing the Fair of Lyon [Lyon]. Privileges des Foires de Lyon, Octroyez par les Roys Tres-Chrestiens par les Roys Tres-Chrestiens, Aux Marchands Francois & Etrangers y Negocians sous Lesdits Privileges, Ou Residens en Ladite Ville. Lyon: Par Guillaume Barbier, 1649. xvi, , 398,  pp. Quarto (9-1/4" x 6-1/2"). Contemporary sheep, large gilt-stamped arms of Lyons to centers of boards, gilt spine with raised bands and lettering piece. Light rubbing, corners bumped. Woodcut arms of Lyons to title page. Moderate toning, somewhat heavier in places, some leaves have faint dampspotting, a few passages have early marks or underlining. A handsome copy. $1,500. * Only edition. Lyon's location in central France at the confluence of two major rivers (the Rhone and Saone) helped to establish the city as a trading center and an ideal location for trade fairs. By the late fifteenth century, fairs produced by Italian merchants made Lyon the banking center of France. Given its economic importance, and the jealousy of other cities and, on occasion, kings of France, the city was careful to record and assert its rights. As much a political statement as it a legal handbook, the Privileges is a compilation of laws, orders, privileges and other legislation granted to the fair of Lyon from 1349 to 1563. OCLC locates 3 copies in North American law libraries (George Washington University, UC-Berkeley, Yale). Goldsmiths' Catalogue of Economic Literature 1012.
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