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Auction archive: Lot number 1

Libro llamado consulado de mar

Estimate
US$30,000 - US$50,000
Price realised:
n. a.
Auction archive: Lot number 1

Libro llamado consulado de mar

Estimate
US$30,000 - US$50,000
Price realised:
n. a.
Beschreibung:

Libro llamado consulado de mar Valencia, 1539 MARITIME LAW – Libro llamado consulado de mar. Valencia: Francisco Diaz Romano, 4 January 1539. Grenville-Chorley copy of the first Castilian edition of the Book of the Consulate of the Sea—the key to Atlantic trade. Likely compiled in 14th-century Spain from much older material, this digest of maritime law and custom governed mercantile activity throughout the Mediterranean and then abroad. While for some time it was thought to be Italian in origin due to the wide diffusion of Italian translations, the first extant edition was printed in Barcelona in 1484, with five editions in Catalan preceding the first Italian translation in 1519. This compilation became the basis for commercial law in Latin America, providing a counterpart to the civil law contained in the Siete Partidas. This copy is from the library of Thomas Grenville, most of whose books were donated to the British Museum upon his death. The "Codex Justinianum" of maritime law, this work had a wide impact on economic activity and trade in the New World. All of the early editions are rare; RBH and ABPC report only two complete copies of the present edition at auction. Palau 59533; Kress 49; Salva 3643. See J.M. Edelstein, "Some Early Editions of the 'Consulate of the Sea'" in The Papers of the Bibliographic Society of America (1957, no. 2), pp. 119-125. Quarto (201 x 156mm). Title printed in red and black. Title within woodcut border and with woodcut of the Virgin Mary, half-page woodcut in text, woodcut initials, some of which historiated (lower margin of title with patched excision, pale dampstain to lower corner). 18th-century calf gilt, morocco title label, edges gilt (rebacked with endpapers renewed, a little scuffed). Provenance: Thomas Grenville (1755-1846, morocco book label) – William Brownsword Chorley, b.1804, Hispanica collector and brother of the collector John Rutter Chorley (gilt stamp, his sale, Sotheby's, 21 October 1846, lot 360) – Pierre Paul Laffleur de Kermaingant, 1843-1920, French historian (bookplate, his sale, Hôtel Drouot, 20 January 1925, lot 85).

Auction archive: Lot number 1
Auction:
Datum:
25 May 2022
Auction house:
Christie's
King Street, St. James's 8
London, SW1Y 6QT
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7839 9060
+44 (0)20 73892869
Beschreibung:

Libro llamado consulado de mar Valencia, 1539 MARITIME LAW – Libro llamado consulado de mar. Valencia: Francisco Diaz Romano, 4 January 1539. Grenville-Chorley copy of the first Castilian edition of the Book of the Consulate of the Sea—the key to Atlantic trade. Likely compiled in 14th-century Spain from much older material, this digest of maritime law and custom governed mercantile activity throughout the Mediterranean and then abroad. While for some time it was thought to be Italian in origin due to the wide diffusion of Italian translations, the first extant edition was printed in Barcelona in 1484, with five editions in Catalan preceding the first Italian translation in 1519. This compilation became the basis for commercial law in Latin America, providing a counterpart to the civil law contained in the Siete Partidas. This copy is from the library of Thomas Grenville, most of whose books were donated to the British Museum upon his death. The "Codex Justinianum" of maritime law, this work had a wide impact on economic activity and trade in the New World. All of the early editions are rare; RBH and ABPC report only two complete copies of the present edition at auction. Palau 59533; Kress 49; Salva 3643. See J.M. Edelstein, "Some Early Editions of the 'Consulate of the Sea'" in The Papers of the Bibliographic Society of America (1957, no. 2), pp. 119-125. Quarto (201 x 156mm). Title printed in red and black. Title within woodcut border and with woodcut of the Virgin Mary, half-page woodcut in text, woodcut initials, some of which historiated (lower margin of title with patched excision, pale dampstain to lower corner). 18th-century calf gilt, morocco title label, edges gilt (rebacked with endpapers renewed, a little scuffed). Provenance: Thomas Grenville (1755-1846, morocco book label) – William Brownsword Chorley, b.1804, Hispanica collector and brother of the collector John Rutter Chorley (gilt stamp, his sale, Sotheby's, 21 October 1846, lot 360) – Pierre Paul Laffleur de Kermaingant, 1843-1920, French historian (bookplate, his sale, Hôtel Drouot, 20 January 1925, lot 85).

Auction archive: Lot number 1
Auction:
Datum:
25 May 2022
Auction house:
Christie's
King Street, St. James's 8
London, SW1Y 6QT
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7839 9060
+44 (0)20 73892869
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