Scarce Treatise on an Important Concept in Roman Law Bonfini, Francesco Antoni [d. 1739]. De Jure Fideicommissorum Magis Controverso Disputationes Praecipuae in Quatuor Titulos Distributae Quibus Selectiores Articuli ad Hanc Materiam Spectantes in Supremis Plerumque Tribunalibus Dispuncti Theorice Simul & Practice Resolvuntur. Venice: Apud Nicolaum Pezzana, 1741. Two volumes in one book, each with title page and individual pagination. [xxxvi], 432; 328,  pp. Main text in parallel columns. Complete. Folio (14-1/2" x 9-1/2"). Three-quarter contemporary vellum over patterned boards, faint early hand-lettered title to spine. Some rubbing and light edgewear, spine ends and corners bumped. Title page of Volume I printed in red and black, woodcut printer devices, head-pieces, tail-pieces and decorated initials. Light toning to text, light foxing in a few places, light inkstains and minor worming to a few leaves, internally clean. Ex-library. Bookplate to front pastedown. A nice copy. $750. * First edition. One of the most durable concepts in Roman law, fideicommissum involves situations in which something is committed to somebody's trust. It is central to the law concerning testators and was the subject of several treatises. Notable for its clarity and organization, Bonfini's treatise was one of the best. Later editions were published in 1755, 1760, 1781-1789. (The last edition has an additional volume of related Rota decisions.) All are scarce. OCLC locates 6 copies of the first edition in North America, 4 in law libraries (Catholic University of America, Columbia, Harvard, Southern Methodist University). Not in Roberts. This edition not in the British Museum Catalogue.
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