Scarce Classic Treatise on Maritime Law Praised by Joseph Story Rocco (Roccus), Francesco [fl. 1655]. Ingersoll, Reed [1786-1868], Translator and Editor. A Manual of Maritime Law, Consisting of a Treatise on Ships and Freight and a Treatise on Insurance. Translated from the Latin of Roccus with Notes by Joseph Reed Ingersoll. Philadelphia: Hopkins and Earle, 1809. [v]-xvi, -156,  pp. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5"). Contemporary calf, blind fillets to boards, lettering piece, blind fillets and early owner label to spine. Light rubbing to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities with some wear to spine ends and corners, hinges partially cracked, bookplate residue to front pastedown. Moderate toning, light foxing to a few leaves, upper corner trimmed from title page. $750. * First and only edition of this work in English. First published in 1655. "This manual is very highly esteemed by commercial lawyers in all countries, for its compressed, methodical, and accurate learning, and is a book of high authority" (Marvin). "[Roccus'] works are of more practical use to an English lawyer, than all the other maritime works [with one exception]... Lord Mansfield is under no inconsiderable obligation to them.": Joseph Story, "Literature of Maritime Law," in The Miscellaneous Writings of Joseph Story 108-109. Marvin, Legal Bibliography 616. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 1610.
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