A Collection of Legal "Letters" by an Important Canon Lawyer and Bishop Ivo, Saint, Bishop of Chartres [c. 1040-1116]. Juretus, Franciscus, Editor. Eiusdem Chronicon de Regibus Francorum. Paris: Apud Sebastianum Nivellium, 1584. , 260 [i.e. 256], [xiv] ff. Quarto (8-1/2" x 6-1/2"). Contemporary vellum with lapped edges, early hand-lettered title to spine. Some rubbing to extremities with minor wear, spine ends and corners bumped, hinges starting, vellum just beginning to crack through pastedowns. Attractive woodcut head-pieces and decorated initials. Light toning to text, heavier in a few places, faint dampstaining to lower corner of text block. Fore-edges of title page and following three leaves carefully mended with no loss to text. Early annotations to front free endpaper, small signature to head of title page, interior otherwise clean. $1,500. * First edition. Ivo, Bishop of Chartes, was an important canon lawyer who played a key role in the resolution of the investiture crisis. The most significant conflict between church and state in the medieval era, it concerned the authority of European monarchs to control the appointments, or investitures, of bishops, abbots and other church officials. This collection of 285 opinions, or "letters," discusses legal aspects of political, institutional and religious subjects. Several deal with the investiture crisis and its background. Other editions were published in 1585 and 1610, the latter designated "Editio Secunda." OCLC locates a handful of copies in North America, 1 in a law library, UC-Berkeley, which has a 1610 edition. Adams, Catalogue of Books Printed on the Continent of Europe, 1501-1600 I257.
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