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The most significant treatise on privateering written in Spain

The most significant treatise on privateering written in Spain
The most significant treatise on privateering written in Spain
TITLE Tratado juridico-politico sobre Pressas de Mar y calidades que deben concurrir para hacerse legitimamente el Corso
AUTHOR Abreu y Bertodano, Felix Jose
PUBLICATION DATE 1746
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION

N.d. [1746]. N.p. [Seville]. In 4to (195 mm x 140 mm). 1 [blank] + 27 ff. + 335 + 1 [blank]. Contemporary calf, very discrete, no lettering piece nor title stamped on spine, only simple tooling, mostly faded, head and foot worn but overall very good. An excellent copy, in its original condition, with full margins and very crisp paper.

DESCRIPTION

First edition[?]. Without doubt, Abreu´s is of the most significant treatises on privateering ever made in Spain; its scope encompasses the entirety of the subject, compiling the available regulation at the time and including his own views on the subject. There were three editions published in 1746, for which no priority is known: the printing locations were Madrid, Cadiz and this one, presumably Seville. Palau attributes this to the printer A. de Barreda of Seville. “This valuable work, which is much less known in this country than it deserves to be was translated into French” (McCulloch p. 127). There is little to be found on the life of Abreu (1722-1766), except that he was Ambassador to France in the mid 18th century and that he was also author of other treatises on navigation and sea-affairs.

We are only able to trace one copy having sold at auction, in 2006, in the last 50 years. However, the book is well represented in institutions in Spain, with over 20 copies, not so outside of Spain.

Palau, 1009.

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