BOUNYN (Gabriel)

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BOUNYN (Gabriel)
Traité sur les cessions et banquerouttes ; Et les causes qui ont meu le sage & souverain Senat & Parlement de Paris, de confirmer le iugement de iuge de Laval, sur ce qu'il auroit condamné un cedant aux biens de porter le bonnet ou chappeau verd [...]. Paris, Pierre Chevillot, 1586. In-8, vellum, title in later ink on the spine (Binding of the time).
First edition of the first work in French on business law.
Woodcut portrait of the author on the verso of the title.
Gabriel Bounyn's Traité sur les cessions et banqueroutes is one of the very first contributions of French doctrine to the study of business law. A faithful reflection of the ideas of his time, it is strongly marked by the religious scruples, the humanist influence, and the taste for erudition that characterized the 16th century. Without being very original, he shows a certain benevolence, in the name of charity, towards insolvent debtors who are forced to surrender their property, and the new obligation to wear a green cap in public is presented less as a vexation than as a necessary publicity measure, Bounyn recommends a moderate application of this measure, depending on the degree of responsibility of the bankrupts (summary of the article by Jean-Louis Thireau, in Mémoires de la Société pour l'histoire du droit et des institutions des anciens pays bourguignons, comtois et romands, vol. 65, 2008, pp. 195-210).
The author, a jurist born in Châteauroux at the beginning of the 16th century (probably around 1520) and who died no later than 1604, successively held the positions of lawyer at the parliament of Paris, bailiff of his native town, and adviser to François, duke of Alençon and Anjou, one of the sons of Henri II.
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