Seventeenth-Century Treatise on Universities and the Law Loseo, Niccolo [d. 1642]. Decisiones Juridicae. De Jure Universitatum. Omnibus Legum Studiosis & in Foro & in Schola Versantibus Apprime Utiles ac Necessariae. Hucusque Plurimum Desideratae. Cologne: Sumptibus Petri Ketteler, 1693. [ii], 381,  pp. Octavo (6-1/4" x 3-1/2"). Contemporary vellum, early hand-lettered title to spine. A few minor stains to boards, a few short tears to head of spine, small chip to foot, another short tear to head of front joint. Attractive woodcut head and tail-pieces. Light browning to text, somewhat heavier in places, occasional faint dampspotting. Early owner signature to front endleaves, tiny inkstains and spark burns to a few leaves, internally clean. Ex-library. Bookplate to front pastedown. $750. * Fourth, final and best edition. First published in 1601 as De Jure Universitatum, this is a fascinating treatise on the privileges and immunities of universities under canon law. It is also notable as an early treatise on the law of corporations. Loseo published his book during a particularly tense period for the universities of Europe. As centers of theology, law and the civil service, they had been coping with the effects of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation for nearly two decades. A longer work than its predecessors, the text of the fourth edition is enriched with decisions and opinions. All editions are scarce. OCLC locates 3 copies of the first edition in North America (at Harvard Law School, the University of Chicago and Yale), none of the fourth edition. Das Verzeichnis der im Deutschen Sprachraum Erschienenen Drucke des 17. Jahrhunderts 3:023435F.
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