New Orleans: Printed by James M'Karaher, 1820. Two volumes. xxv,[1 blank], 605; ,612-1248,,73, [1 blank], [1 errata] pp. Scattered foxing and light wear, bound in modern cloth with gilt-lettered and lightly chipped morocco spine labels. Institutional rubberstamps, Good+.
The Preface explains, "The laws of Spain are contained in various codes, the most complete of which is that known under the name of Las Siete Partidas," i.e., 'The Seven Parts,' which comprise "the fundamental principles of the laws of Spain." Cohen says, "This translation of the Spanish code, from which the Civil Code of Louisiana (1808) was derived, was made by order of the legislature. The translator's preface sketches the history of Louisiana law from the provincial through the territorial periods."
"Great praise is due to the 13th century Spanish jurists who wrote the Partidas; for they produced not only a highly scientific code of law, the most notable of the age, but also the most complete treatise of jurisprudence yet published. The Partidas exercised enormous influence on Spanish law other than Castillian..." [Marke].
Cohen 5294. Marke 245. Jumonville 336, 337. Sabin 42244 ["a curious and learned work"]. Not in Harv. Law Cat. Item #32552