A Landmark Work in the History of Admiralty Law Curtis, George Ticknor [1812-1894]. A Treatise on the Rights and Duties of Merchant Seamen, According to the General Maritime Law, and Statutes of the United States. Boston: Charles C. Little and James Brown, 1841. xxiv, 456 pp. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"). Contemporary sheep, blind fillets to boards, lettering piece and blind fillets to spine. A few shallow nicks and scuffs to boards, faint illegible early owner signature to front board, moderate rubbing to extremities, chipping to spine ends, front joint starting at head, wear to upper corner of front board. Moderate toning and light foxing to text, annotations in contemporary hand to margins in a few places. $850. * Only edition. This was the first original work by an American author on the law concerning seamen. Esteemed by Joseph Story, this work was considered a necessary accompaniment to Abbott on Shipping. By the early 1900s Curtis's treatise was recognized as a landmark in the literature of admiralty law. The work has five parts and two appendixes. One of them, "Of the Master's Relation to Vessel, Cargo and Freight" addresses subjects not mentioned in the book's title. The appendixes contain extracts from Massachusetts cases, US Statues and forms. By the early 1900s Curtis's treatise was recognized as a landmark in the literature of admiralty law. Canfield, Review of Robert M. Hughes's Handbook of Admiralty Law in Michigan Law Review 19:580-582. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 1577.
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