An Influential Work on European Maritime Law Azuni, D[omenico] A[lberto] [1749-1827]. Johnson, William, Translator. The Maritime Law of Europe. Translated from the French. New York: Printed by George Forman for I. Riley & Co., 1806. Two volumes. xxxii, 424; viii, 430,  pp. Octavo (8" x 5"). Contemporary mottled calf, gilt decorations and lettering piece to spines, gilt tooling to board edges, edges of text block speckled green. Gatoring and wear, moderate rubbing to extremities, chipping to head of spines, heavier to Volume I, corners bumped and somewhat worn, joints of Volume I starting at head with front joint starting at foot, rear hinge of Volume I and front hinge of Volume II cracked, foxing and light soiling to endleaves. Moderate toning to interiors, slightly heavier in places, occasional light foxing, slight creasing to first third of text block of Volume I. $400. * Only American edition and the only edition in English. Azuni was an Italian jurist and a writer on mercantile law who later became a French citizen and then president of the appeal court at Genoa and judge of the Commercial Court at Cagliari. First published in Italian in 1795 as Sistema Universale dei Principii del Diritto Marittimo dell'Europa and later translated by Azuni into French, this systematic work on the maritime law of Europe was of great influence on prize laws. It was also highly regarded for its treatment of Rhodian laws and the Consolato del Mare. "It points out what is always of the highest importance to the diligent inquirer after truth, the sources of information upon maritime jurisprudence... The English translation from the French, by William Johnson is excellent, and his notes show a familiarity and accurate acquaintance with legal and classical antiquities.": Marvin, Legal Bibliography 82.
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