"A Legal Classic of High Character" Abbott, Charles, Lord Tenterden [1762-1832]. Abbott, John Henry [c.1796-1870], Editor. A Treatise of the Law Relative to Merchant Ships and Seamen: In Four Parts; I. Of the Owners of Merchant Ships; II. Of the Persons Employed in the Navigation Thereof; III. Of the Carriage of Goods Therein; IV. Of the Wages of Merchant Seamen. With Additions, And With Copies of the Registry, Navigation, And Pilot Acts, And the Acts Relating to Salvage and Seamens' Wages, Etc. London: Joseph Butterworth & Son, 1827. xxxv, , 693,  pp. Publisher's advertisements to last 2 pp. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5"). Contemporary three-quarter calf over marbled boards, gilt fillets and title to spine, edges rouged, library bookplate to front pastedown. Light rubbing to boards, more moderate rubbing to extremities, slight creasing to spine, which is beginning to detach slightly at head but secure. front joint starting at head, front hinge cracked, rear hinge starting slightly, light foxing and offsetting to endleaves, early bookseller's price in ink to front pastedown. Moderate toning to interior, occasional light foxing, a few folded corners, later owner signature ("H Mitchell, San Jose Cal") to front endleaf, upper portion of title page torn away without loss to text. $250. * Fifth London edition. "This book is a legal classic of high character, and is frequently cited upon questions of commercial law not altered by statute. It is equally distinguished for practical good sense, and for extensive and accurate learning, remarkably compressed, and appropriately applied.": Marvin, Legal Bibliography 47. The work went through some fourteen London editions, the first of which appeared in 1802, in addition to several American editions which featured annotations by Joseph Story. OCLC and Library Hub locate 8 copies of this edition, none in North America. Sweet and Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 2:1.
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