A Rouen: Chez Jean-Baptiste Besongne, 1734. First published in 1696. Bottom corner of front cover bumped, corners lightly worn. A very good copy. Contemporary mottled calf, gilt spine with brown morocco label, edges sprinkled red. Octavo. , 220, [47, table de matières], [4, privilege], [1, publisher's catalogue]. Item #14504
This second edition is not noted in OCLC. OCLC lists five copies of one 1696 edition—at Harvard, UC Berkeley, and UC San Diego, plus two in France. It lists one copy of another 1696 edition (with a different collation) at the University of Leiden. We cannot be sure how this edition differs from the 1696 editions, though the table appears to be new. This is a study of divorce under the Coutume de Normandie, a legal system that was instituted in this part of France in the tenth century and continued until the French Revolution. The factors which distinguish Norman law are an absence of distinctions between men who are equal before the law. The system of succession excludes females because of their inability to pass down property within the family.