The Last Incunable Imprint of Cipolla's "Legal Cautions" Concerning Servitudes and Real Property Cipolla, Bartolomeo [1420-1475]. Cautelae Iuris. [Strasbourg: Johann Pruss, 25 February 1490]. [i], 85 ff. Collation: [a8, b-c6,d8], e-f6, g8, h-m6, n8. Complete. Quarto 9-1/4" x 6-1/2" (23 x 16.5 cm). Contemporary quarter pigskin with elaborate blind tooling over oak wood boards, clasp (at center of boards) lacking, buckle present, early hand-lettered author name and "X" to spine. Binding slightly cocked, soiling to spine, some wear to corners, second work removed from rear of text block, early owner signature of Philipp von Flersheim to front pastedown, later library stamp of Heidelberg Capuchin Library to front free endpaper, early manuscript index and a few other annotations to rear pastedown. 44-line text in single column, comprising 325 numbered sections, text begins with 12-line multi-color illuminated initial depicting a scribe. Moderate toning, slightly heavier in places, brief early annotations in a few places, faint dampstaining to margins of a few leaves, light soiling to title page. $15,000. * Third edition, and the last incunable edition. Cipolla was a professor of law at the University of Padua, Venetian diplomat and one of the greatest Italian jurists of the fifteenth century. His works are notable for their humanistic scholarship and coordination of theoretical and practical concerns. Cautelae Iuris is a set of 325 knotty legal points, i.e. "legal cautions," concerning servitudes and real property under Roman and canon law. It was first printed in Perugia by Petrus Petri de Colonia and Johannes Nicolai de Bamberga around 1474 and reached its tenth edition in 1577. Philipp von Flersheim [1481-1522] was the bishop of Speyer. OCLC locates 5 copies of this imprint in North America, 1 in a law library (Library of Congress). Goff, Incunabula in American Libraries V381. Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke M6484.
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