Second Edition of 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. Amsterdam: Johannis Waesberge, 1661. [xvi], 902,  pp. Quarto (7-1/2" x 6"). Contemporary vellum with lapped edges, early hand-lettered title to spine. Some soiling and rubbing to extremities, spine ends lightly bumped, vellum just beginning to crack through pastedowns. Title page printed in red and black. Light toning to text, somewhat darker in places, faint dampstaining in a few places. Early annotations to preliminaries, interior otherwise clean. Ex-library. Inkstamp to title page, a few annotations and another stamp to verso. A solid copy. $250. * Second edition, one of two issues, the other printed in Utrecht. Antonius Matthaeus, the progenitor of a line of noted jurists, first published his 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 critical use of original sources, rather than later commentaries, it was one of the first modern commentaries on Roman criminal law. It was a successful, widely circulated treatise; it reached its fifteenth edition in 1761. Dekkers, Bibliotheca Belgica Juridica 111.
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