Copy of Vitry Coutumes with Contemporary Annotations to Several Leaves [Vitry-le-Francois]. Salligny, [Charles de], Notes. Coutumes de Vitry le Francois, Avec le Commentaire de Me. Charles de Salligny, Avocat au Parlement. Corrigee & Augmentee d'une Nouvelle Harmonie de Loix, d'Arrests, & Decisions Interpretatives du Droit Coutumier Curieusement Illustree de Citations Elegantes. Avec Divers Traitez Separez Touchant le Droit des Juges Conservateurs, De la Navigation, Des Incendies, & Autres. Chalons: Chez Jacques Seneuze, 1676. [xvi], 372,  pp. Last page blank. Quarto (10" x 7"). Contemporary tree calf, raised bands, lettering piece and gilt ornament to spine. Light rubbing, some discoloration and light gatoring to boards, which are slightly bowed, moderate rubbing to extremities with some wear to spine ends and corners, which are bumped. Early owner signatures to title page including those of Pierre Hannonet, dated 1696, and Andre Doyen Delavaux, dated 1767. Moderate toning to text, somewhat heavier in places, annotations in Hannonet's (neat) hand, many quite extensive, to several leaves, letter from Salligny's son to Hannonet tipped in between pp. 218-219, ink sketch tipped-in between pp. 286-287. A work with interesting associations and annotations. $3,500. * Fourth and final edition. Salligny's edition was a work of great authority in Vitry-le-Francois and the Province of Champagne. Hannonet, the annotator of our copy, was an Avocat au Parlement and royal land assessor (saisies reelles) who lived in Sainte-Menehould, a town near Vitry-le-Francois. His annotations are mostly to sections concerning estates and wills. Dated 1713, the tipped-in letter, to Salligny's son, like his father a distinguished legal authority, is a detailed response to a question concerning "Wills with four witnesses." The ink sketch illustrates shared land usage (entrecours) in two villages near Sainte-Menehould: Moiremont and La Neuvilleau Pont. The other owner of this copy we were able to identify, Delavaux, was King's lawyer at the bailiwick of Sainte-Menehould. Gouron and Terrin, Bibliographie des Coutumes de France 2161. Caswell and Sipkov, The Coutumes of France in the Library of Congress 489.
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