Standard Early English Treatise on Maritime Law Molloy, Charles [1646-1690]. De Jure Maritimo et Navali: Or, A Treatise of Affairs Maritime, And of Commerce. In Three Books. The Eighth Edition, With Many Valuable Additions. London: Printed for John Walthoe, 1744. [ii], xvii [i.e. xv], , 505,  pp. Copperplate pictorial frontispiece, engraved added title page. Octavo (9" x 5-1/2"). Early twentieth-century, morocco, gilt fillets to boards, raised bands, gilt title and gilt ornaments to spine, gilt tooling to board edges, gilt inside dentelles, marbled endpapers. A few minor scuffs and nicks to boards, light rubbing to extremities, tiny chip to head of spine, hinges starting, crack in text block between title page and following leaf. Moderate toning, light foxing to a few leaves. An attractive copy. $750. * Eighth edition. For many years this was the standard treatise on international, commercial and maritime law. It went through many editions, the first in 1676, the last in 1778. A Spanish translation was published in 1793. "It was not until 1676 that a man, who had some claims to be called an English lawyer, wrote upon [maritime law]. Charles Molloy who was both a civilian and a member of Lincoln's Inn and Gray's Inn, in the second book of his very successful treatise, De Jure Maritimo et Navali, gives us some account of these branches of the law" (Holdsworth). It deals with international as well as maritime and commercial law. Chapters III and IV discuss Privateers and Piracy. Holdsworth, Sources and Literature of English Law 210. English Short-Title Catalogue T96880.
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