A Superb Set of the Rare First Edition of Azuni's Commercial Law Dictionary Azuni, D[omenico] A[lberto] [1749-1827]. Dizionario Universale Ragionato Della Giurisprudenza Mercantile. Nizza: Presso la Societa Tipografica, 1786-1788. Four volumes. [v], xx, 392, ; [viii], 378, ; [viii], 398,  pp., ; [viii], 296 pp., 55 pp., . Volume 4 contains a 55 page Supplement. Quarto (9-1/2" x 7-1/4") Contemporary vellum, gilt fillets and red and black calf lettering pieces, speckled edges. Boards lightly bowed, spine ends lightly bumped, light wear to edges of lettering pieces. Light toning, light foxing in places. Rare in commerce. $2,000. * First edition. An authority on mercantile law, Azuni was an Italian jurist and a writer who later became a French citizen, president of the appeal court at Genoa and judge of the Commercial Court at Cagliari. He is best-known for his Maritime Law of Europe (1806), which was a standard authority in the United States. Adapted in part from Baldasseroni's Dizionario (1807), it is more an encyclopedia or essay collection than a dictionary. Both synthetic and critical, it refers often to the leading treatises of commercial law. Marvin found it useful because it "contains the results of many authors, not readily accessible." Useful for its definitions, it is equally interesting because it has detailed criticism of the literature by a contemporary expert. The final edition, the fifth, was issued in 1844. Marvin, Legal Bibliography 81-82 (citing the second edition).
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