First Edition of a Notable Sixteenth-Century Treatise on Roman and Italian Family Law Sordi (Surdi), Giovanni Pietro [d. 1598]. Tractatus de Alimentis, Titulis, Seu Partibus Novem Distinctus; Universam Ipsam Materiam, Quamuis Amplam & Diffusam, Certa Quadam Regula sub Quaestionibus Perstringens: Omnibus tum in Scholis, Yum in Causarum for Versantibus Maxime Utilis, Ac Pernecessarius; Nunc Recens, Summo Studio ac Diligentia, Excusus. Cum Summariis, & Indice Rerum ac Sententiarum Locupletissimo. Venice: Apud Damianum Zenarium, 1594. [lxii], 417,  ff. Main text in parallel columns. Folio (15-1/2" x 9-1/2"). Contemporary vellum with later rebacking, raised bands and lettering piece to spine, fore-edges of boards have holes for thong ties, front free endpaper removed. Light soiling, a few minor nicks and a bit of worming, moderate rubbing to extremities, joints starting at ends, corners bumped, some worming to pastedowns. Large woodcut printer device to title page, woodcut head-pieces and decorated initials. Light toning to text, somewhat heavier in places, occasional faint dampstaining to margins. $2,500. * First edition. Sordi's treatise examines the Roman law of husband and wife and parent and child and their application to recent law in Venice and other northern Italian states. It was first published in 1594. Widely circulated throughout Italy and Central Europe, it went through other editions in 1595, 1602, 1612, 1619, 1625 and 1643. All editions are rather scarce. OCLC locates 4 copies of the first edition in North America, 2 of them in law libraries (Library of Congress, University of Minnesota). Censimento Nazionale delle Edizioni Italiane del XVI Secolo CNCE39760.
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