Libro del Consolato de' Marinari nel Quale si Comprendono tutti Gli...
Scarce 1564 Venetian Imprint of the Consolato del Mare [Consolato del Mare]. [Pedrezzano, Giovanni Battista, Editor and Translator]. Libro del Consolato de' Marinari, Nelquale si Comprendono Tutti gli Statuti & Ordini Disposti da Gli Antichi per Ogni Caso di Mercantia o di Navigare, Cosi a Beneficio de' Marinari, Come de' Mercanti, & Patron de' Navilij. Con l'Aggiunta delle Ordinationi Sopra l'Armate di Mare, Sicurta, Entrate, & Uscite. Venice: Per Francesco Lorenzini, 1564. [vii], 117,  ff. Quarto (8" x 6"). Contemporary quarter vellum over thick paper-covered boards, early hand-lettered title to spine. Light soiling, faint vertical crease and two small stains to front board, spine slightly darkened, corners bumped, minor worming to front hinge, paper just beginning to crack through pastedowns. Moderate toning to interior, light browning and foxing in places. Illegible early owner signature and small later owner stamp (of Giovanni Brunetti) to title page, brief early annotations and marks to a few leaves. $2,500. * A landmark in the development of maritime law, the Consolato del Mare is a digest of the law and practice commonly followed by the commercial judges in the chief ports around the Mediterranean, it became a maritime common law of the Mediterranean and a foundation for subsequent European maritime laws and customs. In addition to legal topics, it contains a great deal of information about commerce, the day-to-day operations of a ship and practical advice on seafaring. It was first published in Barcelona in 1484 (in Catalan). As suggested by the present edition, its circulation was widest in Italy, especially among the Venetians, but it was also influential in Western Europe. OCLC locates 8 copies of this edition in North America, 2 in law libraries (Harvard, Yale). Censimento Nazionale Delle Edizioni Italiane del XVI Secolo CNCE 13101.
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