Rare Seventeenth-Century Treatise on Remedies Costa, Giovanni Battista (Juan Battista) [16th/17th c.]. Tractatus de Remediis Subsidiariis. Primae Sedis Antecessoris; In quo Methodice Explicantur Variae, Atq[ue]; Multiplices Materiae, Tam Canonicae, Quam Civiles, Criminales Quoq[ue]; & Alique Theologicae, Ex Ipsis Legum, Canonum, Bullarum, Statutorum; Ac Constitutionum Fontibus Exhaustae, Necnon Indicati Consignantur Complures Casus Conciliares, Quatenus in Subsidium Dumtaxat Prodita Remedia Utrinque Comperiuntur, Quae Postea ad Quotidianam Praxim pro Ultimo Praesidio, Ac Refugio Frequentius Revocantur. Cum Indice Rerum, Atq[ue]; Sententiarum Fatis Copioso Iuxta Seriem Alphabeticam Disposito. Pavia: Ex Typographia Petri Bartoli, 1608. [lxxx] 365,  pp. Main text in parallel columns. Copperplate portrait (to verso of title page). Folio (12" x 8"). Contemporary limp vellum with lapped edges, early hand-lettered title to spine, ties lacking. Light rubbing to extremities, faint staining to boards, minor worming to hinges and pastedowns. Title page, with large copperplate arms, printed in red and black, woodcut head-pieces, tail-pieces and decorated initials. Moderate toning to text, somewhat heavier on places, faint dampstaining to preliminaries and a few other leaves, early owner signature partially excised from foot of title page, internally clean. $950. * First edition. This treatise deals with civil and criminal remedies in Roman, canon and feudal law. Little is known about Costa. The title page identifies him as a highly placed canon lawyer attached to the Vatican. The presence of a portrait frontispiece, with a cartouche bearing his arms, indicates that he was an important man. Costa is not to be confused with the French jurist Jean Lacoste (de la Coste) [1560-1637]. Costa's treatise went thought two later editions in 1629 and 1630. All three are rare. OCLC locates 2 copies in North America, both 1629 editions (at the Library of Congress and UC-Berkeley Law School). Not in Camus, Roberts or the British Museum Catalogue.
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