A Landmark in the Recovery of Early Medieval Law Du Tillet, Jean [d. 1570], Editor. Aurei Venerandaeq'ue Antiquitatis Libelli Salicam Legem Continentes, A Clodoveo, Childeberto, & Clotario Christianiss. Regib. Prius Editi & Postremum a Carolo Magno Emendati & Aucti; Item Leges Burgundionum, Alamannorum, Saxonum, Baivuariorum, Ripuariorum, Ex Veteribus Libris Emendatiores & Auctiores. Paris: Ex Officina Iacobi du Puy, 1573. [ii], 127, ; 95, ; 70, ; 15, ; 119, ; 56 pp. Six parts, each with divisional title page. Work preceded by general title page. 16mo. (4-1/4" x 2-3/4") Later varnished three-quarter calf over speckled boards, raised bands and lettering piece to spine, endpapers renewed. Moderate rubbing, corners bumped and somewhat worn, chipping to spine ends, joints cracked. Light toning, faint dampstaining in a few places. Early owner annotations to title page and a few other leaves, interior otherwise clean. Ex-library. Bookplate to front pastedown. A rare title. $1,850. * Second edition, a reissue of the first edition. An important landmark in the recovery of early medieval law, this volume contains critical editions of the principal texts of Frankish, Burgundian, Germanic, Saxon, Salic and Ripuarian Frankish law (Lex Alemannorum, Antiquae Burgundionum Leges, Ripuariorum Leges a Theodorico Rege Francorum Latae, Antiqua Baivuariorium Lex and Vetus Lex Saxonum.) The list of topics treated in these codes includes commerce, land ownership, inheritance, criminal procedure and civil procedure. A French humanist jurist and associate of Cujas, Du Tillet was also the Bishop of Brieuc, later Meaux. He edited Ulpian's Regulae and assisted Cujas with his edition of the Codex Theodosianus. The first edition of this work was issued by Charlotte Guillard in 1550 with a title beginning Libelli Seu Decreta. Excepting the title page and imprint, both editions are identical. And rare. OCLC locates 5 copies of the first edition in North America (University of Kansas, Library of Congress, UC-Berkeley Law School, University of Pennsylvania, Yale), 2 of the second (Harvard Law School, UC-Berkeley). This edition not in Adams.
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