An Edition of the Coutumes of Chartres with Manuscript Annotations [Chartres]. Couart, Jean, Commentary. Du Moulin, Charles [1500-1566], Editor. Coutumes du Duche, Bailliage et Siege Presidial de Chartres, Pays Chartrain, Perche-Gouet, Baronies & Chastellenies d'Alluye, Brou, Mommiral, Auton & la Bazoche-Gouet, Dites les Cinq Baronies. Commentee par M. J. Couart Conseiller du Roy. & De Monseigneur Fils de France, Duc d'Orleans & de Chartres, Prevost & Juge Ordinaire de la Ville de Chartres. Augmentee des Notes de M. C. du Molin, De la Traduction des Passages Latins, & Du Procez Verbal de la Coutume de Chartres. Chartres: De l'Imprimerie d'Estienne Massot, 1687. [viii], 592,  pp. Octavo (7" x 4-1/2"). Contemporary mottled calf, gilt spine with raised bands and lettering piece, gilt tooling to board edges, text block edges speckled. Light rubbing and a few minor nicks to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, corners bumped and lightly worn, section of front free endpaper removed. Light toning to text, somewhat heavier in places, early annotations in a small neat hand to several leaves, annotation in same hand to front pastedown dated 28 September 1770, recent annotation in pencil to front free endpaper. $2,500. * As indicated by its famous cathedral, Chartres was a major city, bishopric and pilgrimage site. The first coutume for Chartres was published in 1508, the first Couart edition with Du Moulin's notes in 1630. This is an interesting edition because its contents are cast in the form of a catechism, with questions and answers clarifying the text. Also, as noted in the title, Du Moulin translated all of the content that had appeared in Latin in previous editions and commentaries. Our copy was annotated in mid-eighteenth century. The notes, from a pool of sources dating from 1600 to 1749, deal mostly with male and female inheritance and include citations to court decisions, new laws, court decisions and observations by authorities. He even included cross-references to his notes. The pencil note on the front free endpaper credit the annotations to a tax lawyer and notary from Gallardon named Moussard. OCLC locates 9 copies of the third edition in North America, 4 in law libraries (George Washington University, Harvard, Northwestern, University of Michigan). Caswell and Sipkov, The Coutumes of.
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