"If Cravetta Says So, That's Enough" Cravetta, Aimone (Aymon) [1504-1569]. Consilia Sive Responsa, Quae Quidem Extant Omnia: Nunc Demum Multo Diligentius Quam unquam Antea Castigata, & Multis in Locs Illustrata. Cum Indice Rerum Copiosissimo. Lyon: Apud Carolum Pesnot, 1579. [iv], 789,  pp. Main text in parallel columns. Folio (15" x 10-1/2"). Recent quarter pigskin over cloth retaining portions of original calf boards, recent cloth ties, raised bands and lettering piece to spine, cloth-covered pastedowns, marbled free endpapers. Rubbing to calf portions of boards, preliminaries re-hinged but starting at foot. Title printed within ornate woodcut architectural border, woodcut head-pieces and decorated initials. Light toning to text, some soiling to title page, light dampstaining to margins in places, inkspots to edges of text block and a few leaves. Upper margin closely trimmed with some loss to headlines in first quarter of text, top and fore-edge of title page trimmed with some loss. Early struck-through signature to foot of title page, interior otherwise clean. $950. * Cravetta was a renowned Piedmontese jurist who practiced in Milan. "If Cravetta says so, that's enough," ran a popular assessment of his authority. The first collection of his consilia was published in 1566. Another followed in 1572. The contents of both were combined in a single volume, with some additions and subtractions, in 1575. Our 1579 edition contains the 326 consilia found in the 1566 and 1572 editions and 3 responsa on behalf of Cravetta's son-in-law, Hector a Rubeis. Cravetta believed in the limitation of the absolute power of princes. This is the subject of Consilium 241, which became a standard text on the subject. Complete in itself, this collection was later continued by other publishers to comprise six parts in all (1000 consilia). OCLC locates 5 copies of our 1579 imprint, 1 in North America (at the Library of Congress). Black, Absolutism in Renaissance Milan: Plenitude of Power Under the Visconti and the Sforza 1329-1535 172-73. Pazzaglini and Hawkes, Consilia C-83.
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