This book achieved such authority that its decrees became the common law of maritime commercial issues throughout the Mediterranean. For this reason so many translations were made: into Italian, Spanish, French, Dutch, English, etc.
The book is a manuscript originating from the 13th century, and prior to 1283. The first references come from an unknown text almost certainly written in Latin, and known by the name of Consuetudo Maris. The first printed editions date from 1847.