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The answer of the merchants-petitioners, and trustees for the factory at Legorn, to the account of damages, laid to the charge of the Great Duke of Toscany, by Sir Alexander Rigby, Mr. Will. Shepard, and Mr. Will. Plowman: together with their reply, and the Merchants-Petitioners second answer thereto. As also divers original papers and proofs; deliver'd in writing to Sir John Cooke, Judge Advocate, and John Pollexfen, Esq; the delegates appointed by Her Majesty's special command, to hear what the petitioners had to say; and to make their report thereupon. with several other matters and papers since come to hand from Legorn
London: printed in the year MDCCIV [1704]. folio, (12) + xv + (1) + 159 + (1)pp., including the additional title page: An humble apology to the Queen, on behalf of the merchants-petitioners ......>, bound in contemporary patterned pink boards with an overall design of foliage and flowers with animals, birds and hunters, spine very worn, all edges gilt. A fine, crisp, copy. First edition: rare. A census of libraries with copies found by COPAC, OCLC & ESTC shows 5 in UK, 5 in US + 1 in France (BNF). Goldsmiths 4052. Hanson 390. Kress 2408. This seems to be a complex case of malpractice and commercial double-dealing in the important English business community at Leghorn (now Livorno) in Tuscany. The case evidently involved John Pollexfen (1636-1715), the rich English merchant and political economist who was an original member of the Board of Trade (from 1696-1707), and the lawyer Sir John Cooke (1666-1710), the Advocate-General. The other players were Sir Alexander Rigby, whose trading company, Sir Alexander Rigby & Co,. had been established at Leghorn in 1690, but who by 1716 was declared a bankrupt having been imprisoned for debt. The Grand Duke of Tuscany was Cosimo III de Medici (1642-1723). Among the clutch of related papers, including petitions, statements of case, letters, affidavits and so forth, stand out John Pollexfen's judgments included here in the papers. They consider the legal complexities of such matters as joint copartnerships, breaches of promise, consequential damages, loss of business, civil and commercial rights, contractual obligations and international law.
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