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Jewels from the French Collection: Le Coustumier dAniou et du Maine

Jewels of the French Collection

Le coutumier d'Anjou et du Maine cover

Anjou (France)
Le coustumier dAniou et du Maine
Paris, 1486


Le Coustumier dAniou et du Maine
Paris: Pierre Levet, 1486

One of the earliest coutumiers in the Law Library’s collection, this incunable printing of the laws of Anjou and Maine was acquired from the inventory auction of the internationally-renowned antiquarian bookseller, H.P. Kraus. The customary laws of the western region of France, including Anjou and Maine, along with Normandy and Brittany, reflect borrowings from English institutions. Until 1442, Anjou and Maine were one judicial region, but even after they were separate, the same coutume governed both. Eventually the two coutumes were compiled and published separately (1508). Subsequent edicts mandating reform never were carried out; for this reason these regions are especially rich in ancient coutumes and usages.