A Rare Seventeenth-Century Manual on Courtroom Forensics Olive Du Mesnil, Simon d' [1584-1647]. Actions Forenses. Paris: Chez Pierre Billaine, 1621. [viii], 325 pp. Octavo (6-3/4" x 4-1/2"). Contemporary flexible vellum, fragments of thong ties along fore-edges of board. Light soiling and a few faint stains, spine ends bumped, wear to bottom edges and corners, some edgewear to preliminaries. Light toning to text, occasional faint dampstaining to foot of text block. $350. * First edition. This is a practical treatise on rhetorical and procedural techniques useful for the courtroom. Its author was a highly regarded counselor to the king and a member of the Parlement of Toulouse. A second edition was published in 1626. Both are rare. OCLC locates 4 copies of the first edition, 1 in North America (College of the Holy Cross). Not in Camus.
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