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Jurisprudence ou Medecine Legale Veterinaire. Paris?, 1812
1812 - French Manuscript Treatise on Veterinary Law [Manuscript]. [Veterinary Law]. [Brabant, Philippe]. Jurisprudence ou Medecine Legale Veterinaire. Paris?, 1812. 481 pp. Quarto (7-1/4" x 5-3/4"). Contemporary sheep, morocco lettering pieces (reading Jurisprudence Veterinaire/ Brabant Philippe) and gilt ornaments to spine, marbled edges and endpapers. Moderate rubbing to extremities, some scuffing to boards, corners bumped and somewhat worn, hinges cracked, a few cracks to text block. Text in clear hand, light toning, foxing and staining in places. * This appears to be a fair copy, with indexes, of an unpublished treatise on the civil and criminal laws relating to the keeping, care, and sale of animals and the statutory duties of veterinary surgeons in Napoleonic France. The author opens his work with a survey of the state of veterinary jurisprudence as a science in the wake of the 1806 reorganization of French education and describing its history as a discipline, drawing attention to his own work, published in 1801, on poisons and the vaccination of sheep and goats. The rest of the text is divided into four parts. The first describes the correct procedure for writing reports for the use of police and the courts. The second deals with matters relating to redhibition (analogous to present-day lemon laws) in the sale of animals, describing the grounds on which animals can be rejected and the particular defects and diseases that can lead to their rejection. The third section turns to criminal law, principally that relating to the poisoning of livestock; this includes a substantial appendix detailing the various poisons used on animals, ranging from mushrooms to hellebores, and covers both deliberate poisoning and cases of negligence. In the fourth and final section, the author turns to various means of combating contagious diseases among livestock, the roles of authorities in cases of epizootics, and the legal responsibilities of farmers and the police medicale. Throughout, we find case histories from France and elsewhere, notes on the experiences of other writers, and personal observations. Every section provides instruction about the legal obligations of the veterinary surgeon, as set out in the code of 1804. The identity of the author remains unclear, as does that of his 1801 work mentioned; the lettering piece on [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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