First Edition of Azuni's Important Treatise on Maritime Law Azuni, Domenico Alberto [1749-1827]. Sistema Universale dei Principi del Diritto Marittimo dell'Europa. Florence: Per Gaetano Cambiagi, 1795-1796. Two volumes. Copperplate vignette of a ship to title pages, copperplate arms at head of dedication leaf and engraved copperplate portrait frontispiece of Azuni in Volume I, engraved allegorical copperplate vignette at head of p. 1 of Volume II. Volume I: Octavo (8" x 5-1/4"). Contemporary three-quarter calf over marbled boards, raised bands, lettering piece and gilt fillets to spine, edges rouged, patterned endpapers on pastedowns. Moderate rubbing to boards and extremities with some wear to joints and corners, a bit of paper residue to rear pastedown. Light toning to interior, slightly heavier in places, light soiling to title page. Volume II: Octavo (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"). Original publisher's stiff wrappers, untrimmed edges, early hand-lettered title and fragment of early shelf label (?) to spine. Moderate soiling, rubbing to spine with wear to joints and spine ends, section of armorial bookplate to front free endpaper. Light toning to interior, foxing and minor stains to a few leaves. $1,750. * First edition. This systematic work on the maritime law of Europe has interesting content about the capture of goods, vessels at sea, the Rhodian laws and the Consolato del Mare. As Marvin notes, it "relates rather to maritime international law, properly so called, than to private maritime jurisprudence... It points out what is always of the highest importance to the diligent inquirer after truth, the sources of information upon maritime jurisprudence." American and French translations of this work were published in 1806. Marvin, Legal Bibliography 82. British Museum Catalogue (Compact Edition) 2:9.
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