Manuscript Commentary on the Customary Law of Artois [Manuscript]. [Artois]. Hebert, Guillaume-Francois. Remarques Faites par Guillaume Francois Hebert Ecuier Conseiller du Roy au Conseil Provincial d'Artois sur Plusieurs Articles de la Coustume d'Artois et sur Quelques Questions de Droit et de Pratique. Commence en 1695. Artois?, c.1700s. 447 pp. Folio (14-1/2" x 9-1/2"). Contemporary calf, gilt spine with raised bands and title reading Hebert sur Artois. Light rubbing and a few minor nicks and scratches to boards, heavier rubbing to extremities with wear to spine ends and corners, binding cocked, front joint cracked, rear joint starting at ends. Moderate toning to interior, light soiling and stains to a few leaves. Text in neat hand, occasional notes to margins in a different, equally neat, hand. $4,500. * Hebert's Remarques is a commentary on Articles 1 to 201 of the customary laws of Artois (in its final 1669 codification). The statement "Begun in 1695" suggests the work was never completed; it does not discuss the other articles of the coutume. However, jurists saw its value and transmitted it through manuscript copies. OCLC locates six of them (none completely identical) at the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Harvard Law School, Library of Congress, UC-Berkeley Law School, University of Pennsylvania Law School and the University of Queensland. The margins of our copy through p. 183 have annotations in an eighteenth-century hand, most of them summaries of the articles or statements of their main points. The absence of notes marking revisions or repeals suggest these notes were written soon after the completion of the manuscript.
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