A Classic Treatise on Roman Criminal Law Matthaeus, Antonius [1601-1654]. De Criminibus ad Lib. XLVII. et XLVIII. Dig. Commentarius. Adjecta est Brevis & Succincta Juris Municipalis Interpretatio, Cum Indice Triplici; Titulorum, Rerum & Verborum, Nec non Legum, Qua Strictius, Qua Fusius Explicatarum. Wesel: Typis Andreae ab Hoogenhuysen, 1679. [xvi], 902,  pp. Quarto (7-1/2" x 6"). Contemporary vellum, early hand-lettered title to spine. Some soiling and rubbing to extremities, corners and spine ends bumped, vellum just beginning to crack through pastedowns, upper corner lacking from front free endpaper. Toning to text, somewhat darker in places, light foxing in a few places, internally clean. Ex-library. Inkstamp to title page, a few annotations and another stamp to verso. A solid copy. $250. * Fourth edition. Antonius Matthaeus, the progenitor of a line of noted jurists, first published De Criminibus in 1644. It is a commentary on Books 47 and 48 of Justinian's Digest with an additional treatise on the municipal law of Utrecht. Distinguished for its erudition, literary quality and critical use of original sources, rather than later commentaries, it was one of the first modern commentaries on Roman criminal law. A highly successful work, it reached its final edition in 1761. It remains an authority today in South Africa and other nations with roots in Roman-Dutch law. As von Bar observes, Matthaeus "went back to the sources of the Roman law, as distinct from Germanic and Canon law acquiring, for this reason, a wide influence abroad in the field of scientific law.": A History of Continental Criminal Law 307. Dekkers, Bibliotheca Belgica Juridica 111.
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