[France] Philippe Dece Iurisconsulte.
Engraving. 185 x 132mm. 7¼ x 5¼". Cut.
Philippe de Beaumanoir (c.1247-1296) was a French jurist and royal official. After his studies of law in Orleans, and possibly Bologna, he became bailiff of Clemont in the county of Beauvaisis, then senschal of Poitou and the Saintonge; he managed to hold some very senior positions in the realm. All of this administrative experience helped form the basis to his principal work: "Coustumes de Beauvoisis" of 1283, which was first printed in 1690. This work was later regarded as one of the best works bearing on old French customary law, and was often referred to with high admiration by Montesquieu, who called him "la lumiere de son temps". Published in Isaac Bullart's 'Académie des Sciences et des Arts'.
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