1478 Printing of Bartolus's Important Commentary on the First Part of the Digest Bartolo of Sassoferrato [1314-1357]. [Infortiatum: Super Prima Parte Infortiati]. [Venice, Nicholaus Jenson, 28 March 1478]. Collation: a10, b-z8, A-C8, D-E6. 221 leaves forming 442 pages. Complete except for the final blank. Folio (16-1/2" x 11-1/4"). Contemporary half pigskin over wooden boards, raised bands and later hand-lettered title label to spine, clasps lacking. Several tiny wormholes, a few cracks to spine, chip to foot of spine, Signatures a and E6 partially detached, bookplate of Robert Proctor and 1942 bookseller description from The Rosenbach Company to verso of front board, pastedowns lacking (or never present). Text printed in 60-line gothic type on wide-margined paper, initial spaces filled in alternate red and blue, most with flourishes, seven-line initial "Q" at beginning of text in red and blue with flourish in the margin, chapter numerals at head in red. Light toning to text, occasional discoloration to outer margins, minor worming in places. Contemporary (or early) manuscript table of contents to initial blank, annotations in similar hand to a few other leaves, interior otherwise clean. A handsome copy and a fine specimen of Jenson's Gothic typeface. $30,000. * Between 1250 and 1450 the Post-Glossators, a group of legal scholars and teachers in Italy, initiated the recovery of Roman law texts from the corruptions of the medieval Glossators. Their efforts to apply Roman law to the jurisprudence of their day also prepared the way for the natural law school of the seventeenth century and helped to lay the foundations of the modern state. The greatest member of this group was Bartolo of Sassoferrato. Better known as Bartolus, he was a practicing lawyer and professor at the University of Perugia. His unrivalled reputation derives from his enormous literary output, much of it dealing with the texts later collected as the Corpus Juris Civilis. He produced commentaries on most of these texts. The most notable are the ones dealing with the Digest and Code; all of them went through numerous editions and issues. Super Prima Parte Infortiati is a commentary on a group of books from the Digest concerning donations between husband and wife.
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