First Edition of an Important Commentary on the Institutes Vultejus, Hermann [1555-1634]. In Institutiones Iuris Civilis A Iustiniano Compositas Commentarius: Additi Sunt In Fine Indices Sex, Operi Ipsi Accommodatissimi. Marburg: Apud Paulum Egenolphum, 1598. [viii], 890,  pp. Quarto (8" x 6-1/2"). Contemporary paneled pigskin with elaborate blind tooling, raised bands and somewhat later hand-lettered title and tiny hand-lettered shelf label to spine, ties lacking. Some soiling and a few minor stains, spine darkened, minor edgewear, corners lightly bumped, front free endpaper detached. Toning to text, occasional light browning, foxing in a few places. Filled-in 3" x 1" hole in preliminary leaf (part of dedication) with some loss to text. Early owner annotation to front pastedown, neat underlining in a few places, interior otherwise clean. $2,950. * First edition. Commissioned by the Emperor Justinian in 530 CE, the body of writings known collectively as the Corpus Juris Civilis preserved and restated all existing Roman law. It has four books: the Code, Novels, Institutes and Digest. Intended for students, the Institutes is a synopsis of the reformed legal system. It supplanted the earlier Institutes of Gaius. Vultejus was a notable legal scholar and professor at the University of Marburg, where he also taught Greek. In later years he served as a diplomat and was raised to the nobility by Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II. In Institutiones Iuris Civilis is an extensive article-by-article commentary on the Institutes. It was a work of authority that went through five later editions, the last one in 1630. All are scarce, especially in North American law libraries; OCLC locates 1 copy of this edition (in the Library of Congress). Verzeichnis der im Deutschen Sprachbereich Erschienenen Drucke des 16. Jahrhunderts V2823.
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