Scarce Sixteenth-Century Treatise on Investiture Gregorio, Pietro di [c. 1480-1533]. Mastrillo, Garzia (d.1620), Index. De Concessione Feudi Tractatus: Cum Additionibus, Summariis, Argumentis, Ac Indice Don Garsiae Mastrilli Iureconsulti Eiusdem Authoris Pronepotis. Palermo: Apud Io. Antonium de Franciscis, 1598. [viii], 288 [i.e. 294], 30 pp. Main text in parallel columns. Folio (11" x 7-1/2"). Contemporary flexible vellum, red and green lettering pieces to spine. Corners and spine ends bumped, a few minor inkspots, some rubbing to edges of lettering pieces. Title page, with woodcut arms, printed in red and black, woodcut decorated initials. Light toning to text, a few leaves somewhat darker, faint dampstaining to margins, internally clean. A handsome copy. $1,250. * First edition. This is a study of the laws concerning the transfer of land from an overlord to a vassal (investiture) in Sicily, at that time governed under the Crown of Aragon, which included most of southern Italy. Gregorio, a lawyer from Messina, is not to be confused with the French jurist Pierre Gregoire [1540-1617]. A second edition was published in 1600, a reprint of the first edition in 2002. All three are scarce. In North America OCLC locates 1 copy of the first edition (at the Library of Congress), 1 copy of the second edition (at Harvard Law School) and two copies of the 2002 reprint (at Harvard Law School and UC-Berkeley). Not in the British Museum Catalogue.
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