Important Early Study of Ancient Athenian Law Petit (Petitus), Samuel [1594-1643]. Leges Atticae. Sam. Petitus Collegit, Digessit, et Libro Commentario Illustravit. Opus Iuris, Literarum, Et Rei Antiquariae Studiosis Utilissimum, VIII. Libris Distinctum, In Quo Varii Scriptorum Veterum Graecorum et Latinorum Loci Explicantur et Emendantur. Paris: Sumptibus Caroli Morelli, 1635. [xii], 557,  pp. Folio (13-1/2" x 8-3/4"). Contemporary calf, gilt rules to boards, raised bands, gilt title and gilt ornaments to spine. A few scuffs to boards, some wear to spine ends and corners. Title page with large copperplate vignette printed in red and black, woodcut head-pieces, tail-pieces and decorated initials. Armorial bookplate of Nicolas-Joseph Foucault to front free endpaper, armorial bookplate of the Earls of Macclesfield to front free endpaper. Toning, minor worming in a few places with no loss to text, internally clean. Ex-Macclesfield library. Small shelf labels to spine ends, small embossed stamps to title page and a few leaves. A very handsome copy. $1,850. * First edition. This is an important early study of ancient Athenian law. A distinguished French Orientalist, Protestant minister and principal of the College of Arts in Nimes, Petit was a correspondent with the leading European men of letters and a friend of Selden, Gessendi and Vossius. This book was reissued by K.A. Duker in 1740. British Museum Catalogue (Compact Edition) 20:81.
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