1 volume (430 leaves) : paper ; 28 x 19 cm bound to 29 x 20 cm
Almost complete copy of Gabriel Davot's explication of Antoine Loisel's Institutes coutumières. Note on fol. 8r: "Institutes coûtumiéeres ou manuel de plusieurs [?]éy les sentences et proverbes du droit coûtumier et plus ordinaire de la France par Mt. Antoine avec des notes et observations." Manuscript ends with Book 6, title 5 with heading for Book 6, title 6. Manuscript includes a short preface and a table of contents, written by a later hand, on fol. 427r-428v. Damage on fol. 4, with no loss of text; photos of leaf kept in Robbins files.
Ms. codex. Title transcirbed from title page. Collation: Paper (watermark: Cloche, not unlike Briquet 4042), fol. ii + 430 + i. Leaves 4r-425r paginated 1-843. Script: Written in cursive. Decoration: Title page and preface on 4r have decorative borders and flourished initials; title page also has small floral device. Origin: Written in France, approximately 1735. Shelfmark: Berkeley, CA, the Robbins Collection, UC Berkeley School of Law, Robbins MS 306.
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Gabriel Davot, born at Auxonne in 1677, was a French lawyer. He was a royal notary and a prosecutor. In 1723, he became a professor of French law at the University of Dijon. He also authored a treatise on Burgundian law, the Traité sur diverses matières de droit français a l'usage du duché de Bourgogne & des autres pays qui ressortissent au parlement de Dijon. He died in August 1743.
Bound in mottled brown calfskin with gauffered edges and gilt-tooled fleurons and red morocco label, "Instituts de Mr. Loysel"; red-speckled edges; marbled endpapers. Binding similiar to MS 269A and 269B.