The Godefroy Edition of the Theodosian Code Theodosius II [408-450 CE], Emperor of the East. Godefroy, Jacques [1587-1652], Editor. Antoine Marville [1609-1663], Editor. Codex Theodosianus: Cum Perpetuis Commentariis Iacobi Gothofredi. Praemittuntur Chronologia Accuratior, Cum Chronico Historico, & Prolegomena: Subijciuntur Notitia Dignitatum, Prosopographia, Topographia, Index Rerum, & Glossarium Nomicum. Opus Posthumum; Div in Foro et Schola Desideratum, Recognitum & Ordinatum ad Usum Codicis Iustinianei, opera et Studio Antonii Marvillii Antecessoris. Lyon: Sumptibus Ioannis-Antonii Huguetan, & Marci-Antonii Rauaud, 1665. Six volumes bound in two books. Main text in parallel columns. Folio (14-1/4" x 9"). Contemporary vellum, early hand-lettered titles to spines, edges colored green. Moderate rubbing and soiling, spine ends bumped, corners bumped and somewhat worn, vellum just beginning to crack through pastedowns, some edgewear to endleaves, lower portion of Volume I half-title and lower corner of title page restored (text not affected). Title pages printed red and black, woodcut head-pieces and decorated initials. Light to moderate toning, occasional foxing, faint dampstaining in places. A few early annotations and signatures to title pages of Volume I and IV, interiors otherwise clean. A desirable set. $3,000. * First edition. The Theodosian Code is an official compilation of all laws enacted since the reign of Constantine that was commissioned by Emperor Theodosius II in 429 CE. Completed in 438 CE, and ratified that year by the senate, it was the standard legal text of the empire, one that superseded all earlier codes. It would later exert enormous influence on the barbarians who assumed control of the Western Empire. The Visigoths, Ostrogoths, Franks, Lombards and Burgundians used it as the basis for their legal codes. Godefroy's edition, which includes extensive commentary, was the first modern edition of the Codex. It remains a masterpiece of scholarship and erudition. This edition also contains additional notes by Antoine Marville. Graesse, Tresor de Livres Rares et Precieux 209. British Museum Catalogue (Compact Edition) 21:980.
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