Savigny, Friedrich Carl von, German jurist and historian (1779-1861). Autograph letter signed.

Berlin, 20 March 1828.

4to. 2 pp. on bifolium. With integral address panel.


Savigny, the founder of modern jurisprudence, writes to Guenoux with instructions for the French translation of Savigny's principal work, "Geschichte des römischen Rechts im Mittelalter" ("History of Roman Law in the Middle Ages"). Savigny recommends a terminological improvement as to replace "Germanie" with "Germaniques": "Cependant je suis bien loin de la prétention de juger le style Français de cet essai [...] Je préfererai: à tous les juges Germaniques. Car Germanie désigne le pays que nous appelons L'Allemagne [...]".

In the beginning Savigny and Guenoux just knew each other through their correspondences. Later, also after Guenoux visiting Savigny in Germany several times, their acquaintance became a friendly relationship.

Small tear due to opening of the seal. Traces of old folding.

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