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 tree sheep with later calf rebacking, lettering pieces to spines, gilt tooling to board edges. Light rubbing and a few minor scuffs to boards, moderate rubbing to board edges with wear to corners, light rubbing to spines, hinges partially cracked, recent owner bookplate (George Martin Cunha) to front pastedown of Volume I. Light browning to interiors, light foxing in places, faint dampstaining to sections of Volume II. An appealing set overall. $300. * 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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