JF Ptak Science Books
The odd thing about this "find" this morning is that only yesterday I was asking a question regarding what I saw (or imagined) to be the equality of vessels in maritime law and how interesting it would be to have those laws transferable to land. That said, in clearing out a backlog in one of the bookcases I found a series of lecture notes on admiralty law from 1849. Clearly they belonged to a lecturer in the subject, as there are broad statements on involved topics, with room to spare in going from one subject to the next--these are not "notes" in the sense that someone would lecture by reading from them; they are the notes of a person for moving through time inside of a lecture, references for what needs to be covered. With this the case most of them are too advanced for me to make much sense of....but there was plenty there to distract and attract--perhaps the least of that is the string used to tie everything together.
Lecture Notes on Admiralty Law. 4 parts:
- Admiralty Law No. 1, dated August 4, 1849. 9x7, 9pp Bound with string.
- Admiralty Law No. 2, dated September 6, 1849, 9 3/4x 7 1/2 inches, 22pp.
- Admiralty Law No. 3, dated September 23, 1849. 10x8 inches, 20pp.
- "Abbot on Shipping" and related, dated October 9, 1849, 10x8 inches, 140pp, bound with strong.
- Two shorter, supplemental works from the same period.
Altogether six manuscript booklets, all int he same hand, totaling at least 190pp, and all from 1849.
There are no indications of ownership, or place. $750
The stuff of old books can be very attractive in their own way--just the fact that they have made it in this relatively now-fragiler form is remarkable. (I am certain that these will make it hundreds of years more if cared for, or simply ignored, because that is what most books with do.) In any event I find the found bits like this to be fascinating.