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[EXPLORATION / MARITIME LAW]
Libro llamado Consulado de mar.
Valencia: Francisco Diaz Romano, 1539. Hardcover. Very Good. 4to [19.3 x 13.7 cm]. (8) ff., clviii ff., title page printed in red and black with woodcut borderpieces, 9-line woodcut on title page (depicting ship in harbor and sailors on shore praying to Madonna and Child), 17-line woodcut on verso of fol. cxxxvi (twelve seated merchants or sailors or lawyers in discussion), woodcut initials throughout, contemporary red ink ruling around textblock and separating chapters throughout. Bound in early vellum. Title page a bit dusty, very minor water staining in outer margin of first few gatherings, minor corner losses to a few leaves, minor handsoiling, fol. [cvi] with contemporary inscription about the formalities of retaking a vessel captured by enemies, pencil renumbering of chapters in places. Rare first Spanish (Castilian) edition (1539) of the Consulate of the Sea, the maritime legal code developed in late-medieval Barcelona to govern Mediterranean commerce, and a book considered by early Spanish and Italian explorers as a document "whose authority was above all others" (Jados, xiii). First compiled in Catalan by a certain Francis Celelles around 1350, the Consulado formed the core of international maritime law until the Napoleonic reforms of the nineteenth-century. The low survival rate of pre-1550 editions and the use of the vernacular in all early versions of the text (Palau does not locate a Latin translation) likely point to the book's value as a working reference tool among investors, merchants and seamen. The need for a Spanish-language edition of the Consula … [Click Below for Full Description]
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