Traité de la communauté, traité de la puissance du mari sur la personne et les biens de la femme, auquel on a joint un traité...par l'auteur du traité des obligations




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Pothier, Robert Joseph. A Treatise on the Law of Obligations, or Contracts. Translated from the French, with an Introduction, Appendix, and Notes, Illustrative of the English Law on the Subject. By William David Evans. London: A. Strahan, 1802. Two volumes. [1], 578, [1]; iv, 715, [1]pp. Reprinted 2000 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. LCCN 99-26397. ISBN 1-886363-98-6. Cloth. $195. * Of this edition Marvin speaks highly of Evans: "His notes are comprehensive and learned, and deserve a careful perusal in connexion with the text, and he is entitled to considerable praise for having furnished Pothier on Obligations to the profession in so good and accurate an English garb." Marvin, Legal Bibliography 578. Holdsworth agrees: "He helped to make English lawyers acquainted with Pothier's work, and, by so doing, did considerable service to the development of the English law of contract..." Holdsworth, A History of English Law XIII:467. Evans [1767-1821] was a scholarly English lawyer. To Pothier's work he added an Appendix on several topics of English law, organized as a treatise on the law of evidence. Pothier's treatise on civil law was "... soon recognized as a major contribution to legal science, translated by Evans and frequently cited in British Courts." Walker, Oxford Companion to Law 973. Reprint of the uncommon Evans translation, the English second edition which followed the American edition of 1802 (translated by F.X. Martin), which is also available as a facsimile reprint published by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.
Translated by Francois-Xavier Martin. Originally published: NewBern, N.C.: Martin & Ogden, 1802. 2 vols. in 1 book. xii (iii-xii new introduction), [xii], 364; [ix], 315, [1] pp. With a new introduction by Warren M. Billings, Distinguished Professor of History, Emeritus, University of New Orleans and Bicentennial Historian of the Supreme Court of Louisiana.
Reprint of the rare New Bern edition. In the decades before the Civil War this classic treatise was required reading for practitioners, scholars and law students. Martin, an attorney and printer in New Bern, North Carolina, later a distinguished lawyer in Louisiana, gained distinction for this translation. This treatise was an important influence on British and American contract law. Marvin quotes and endorses an assessment by Luther Cushing that includes the following remark by one of Pothier's earlier editors, Andre Dupin: "[Pothier on Obligations] is not only a good book of law, but an excellent book on morals; a work of all countries, of all nations; a book, to which antiquity can present to rival but the Offices of Cicero." John Gage Marvin, Legal Bibliography (1847) 578.
"The Treatise on Obligations was soon recognized as a major contribution to legal science."--David M. Walker, Oxford Companion to Law 973.
ROBERT JOSEPH POTHIER [1699-1772] was arguably the greatest French jurist of the eighteenth century. A brilliant scholar, he is renowned for his treatises on Roman law and the various branches of French civil law, which were primary sources for the French Civil Code.
FRANCOIS-XAVIER MARTIN [1762-1846], a Frenchborn lawyer, judge, author, translator, printer and historian, is an important figure in the legal history of the south. His career began in North Carolina. He later moved to the Louisiana territory, where he played the central role in the reorganization of its legal system. Appointed attorney-general when Louisiana became a state, he is considered the father of Louisiana jurisprudence."
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