a tidy little copy of this important collection of rules and regulations for the governance of the French merchant marine in the 17th-century, covering the ‘Officiers de l’Admirauté’ and their jurisdiction; the men and ships; maritime contracts, including charter-parties, freights, engagement of crews, letters of marque, etc.; the policing of the ports, coasts, roadsteads, and shores of the sea; and the sea fisheries. together with an explanation of marine terms. Polak (7160) cites two editions, a 4to edition of 1681, and a 1687 smaller format reprint, but not this 1682 printing.
small 8vo [115x68mm]. pp[viii] 376
a little light staining and marking, but generally clean. skilfully re-cased into the original near contemporary calf binding, rebacked with original gilt decorated spine relaid, and with repairs to the corners