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Constitutiones Legitime Seu Legatine Regionis Anglicane. John Acton, Josse Badius.
Constitutiones Legitime Seu Legatine Regionis Anglicane...
Constitutiones Legitime Seu Legatine Regionis Anglicane...
Constitutiones Legitime Seu Legatine Regionis Anglicane...
Constitutiones Legitime Seu Legatine Regionis Anglicane...
Constitutiones Legitime Seu Legatine Regionis Anglicane...
Constitutiones Legitime Seu Legatine Regionis Anglicane...
Constitutiones Legitime Seu Legatine Regionis Anglicane...
Constitutiones Legitime Seu Legatine Regionis Anglicane...

Constitutiones Legitime Seu Legatine Regionis Anglicane...

"A Little Too Human to be Strictly Scientific" Acton, John [d. 1350]. [Badius, Josse (1462-1535), Editor]. Constitutiones Legitime seu Legatine Regionis Anglicane: Cu[m] Subtilissima Interpretatione D[omi]ni Johannis de Athon: Tripliciq[ue] Tabella. Necnon et [Con]stitutiones Provinciales ab Archiepiscopis Cantuariensibus Edite: Et Sum[m]a Accuratione Recognite: Annotate et Parisiis Coimpresse. [Paris: Wulfgangi Hopilii et P[ro]vissimi Bibliopole Joa[n]nis Co[n]flue[n]tini, (13) September 1504]. Collation: A-B8, a-e8, f10, g-o8, p6, q-s8 (-r1-8), t-v6 (-v6, a blank). [xvi], clv ff. Complete. Main text in parallel columns surrounded by two-column linear gloss. Quarto (10-1/2" x 7-1/2"). Recent calf, boards have gilt rules enclosing handsomely tooled blind panels, gilt spine with raised bands and lettering piece, endpapers renewed. Printed throughout in red and black, woodcut pictorial title page, divisional title page (f. 1) and vignette at head of main text (f. 2), woodcut initials, some pictorial. Light toning to text, faint dampstaining in places, mostly confined to margins, occasional worming, mostly to rear of text, with negligible loss to text, brief early annotations to a few leaves. A handsome copy. $4,500. * First edition by Badius. Acton's Constitutiones was the first major treatise on English canon law. It is a commentary on the constitutions (edicts) of Otto and Ottobone, the papal legates in England during the mid-thirteenth century. For decades, these constitutions formed the majority of English canon law. Acton's commentary was authoritative. Several copies circulated in manuscript. It was first printed in 1496 by Wynkyn de Worde in an edition of William Lyndwood's Provinciale. (This led several people to attribute Constitutiones to Lyndwood.) An excellent summation of English canon law at the time, it is also notable for its insights into the Church's place in English society. As Maitland notes in Roman Canon Law in the Church of England, Acton was "a little too human to be strictly scientific. His gloss often becomes a growl against the bad world in which he lives, the greedy prelates, the hypocritical friars, the rapacious officials" (7-8). OCLC locates 9 copies of this edition in North American law libraries (Columbia,

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