"One of the Great Pleasures of the Legal Bibliophile" Jacobsen, Frederick J. [1774-1822]. Frick, William [1790-1855], Translator. Laws of the Sea, With Reference to Maritime Commerce, During Peace and War. From the German by William Frick. Baltimore: Published by Edward J. Coale, 1818. xxxv, 636 pp. Octavo (8-1/4" x 5-1/4"). Later cloth, gilt title to spine, endpapers renewed. Light soiling, moderate rubbing to extremities, library bookplate and small shelf label to front pastedown. Moderate toning to interior, offsetting and negligible light edgewear to preliminaries and rear endleaves, library stamps to title page and a few other leaves. $250. * First English-language edition and the only American edition. Originally published in 1815, Marvin spoke highly of this work in his Legal Bibliography, noting that few have equaled his wide range of research and depth of learning. As late as 1921, G.L. Canfield, writing in the Michigan Law Review, called this work "one of the pleasures of the legal bibliophile" that "remain[s] essential today to a practitioner's library" (19:580-582). Jacobsen, a German jurist, was an internationally recognized authority on maritime law. Laws of the Sea is based on a sixteen-year study of the laws of Italy, France, Great Britain, Holland, Denmark and Germany. It remains the most thorough single-volume study of English and continental maritime law in the early nineteenth century, a turbulent era shaped by the French Revolution and Napoleon. Marvin, Legal Bibliography 418-419. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 1593.
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