Translated By the Father of Louisiana Jurisprudence Pothier, Robert Joseph [1699-1722]. [Martin, Francois-Xavier (1762-1846), Translator]. A Treatise on Obligations, Considered in a Moral and Legal View. Translated from the French of Pothier. Newbern, NC: Martin & Ogden, 1802. Two volumes bound as one. [xii], 364; [x], 315,  pp. Octavo (8" x 4-3/4"). Contemporary sheep, rebacked in period style, blind fillets and retained contemporary lettering piece to spine. Light rubbing and a few shallow scuffs to boards, moderate rubbing to board edges with some wear to corners, which are lightly bumped, minor worming to front hinge. Light toning to text, somewhat heavier in places, early owner signatures of Simeon Strong, Solomon Strong and Edwin Conant to endleaves, another Conant signature to head of p. 25. A handsome copy. $3,500. * First American edition. In the decades before the Civil War, this classic treatise was required reading for Anglo-American practitioners, scholars and law students. Marvin quotes and endorses Sir William Jones's assessment of Pothier's treatises: "For my own part, I am so charmed with them, that if my undissembled fondness for the study of jurisprudence, were never to produce any greater benefit to the public, than barely the introduction of Pothier to the acquaintances of my countrymen, I should think that I had, in some measure, discharged the debt which every man, according to Lord Coke owes to his profession." An important figure in the legal history of the south, Martin was a French-born lawyer, judge, author, translator, printer and historian. His career began in New Bern, North Carolina; he later moved to the Louisiana territory, where he played the central role in the reorganization of the legal system. Appointed attorney-general when Louisiana became a state, he is considered the father of Louisiana jurisprudence. This copy is inscribed by three notable owners from Massachusetts: Samuel Strong [1735-1805], a justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, his son Solomon Strong [1780-1850], a lawyer judge and politician and Edwin Conant [1810-1897], a prominent lawyer, businessman and philanthropist. Marvin, Legal Bibliography 578. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 3656.
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