The Pearls of the Decretals [Polonus, Martinus (d.1278)]. Margarita Decreti Seu Tabula Martiniana. [Strasbourg: Printer of the 'Casus Breves Decretalium' (Georg Husner?)], 1493.  ff. Final leaf blank. Thumb-tabbed. Collation: a8 b-q6 r8. Complete. Folio (11" x 7-1/2"; 28 x 19 cm). Contemporary half-calf with elaborate blind-tooling over wooden boards, two contemporary diagrams relating to horizontal sundials to front board, clasp lacking. Moderate rubbing, minor worming, light scuffing to calf-covered sections of boards, light gatoring to spine, early owner inscription dated 1528 to front, owner inscription of the Franciscan convent of Munich to head of title page. 52-line text in parallel columns, initials and capital strokes in red. Moderate toning, occasional spotting or staining, negligible minor worming in places. $13,500. * Penultimate edition. An important early legal reference work, The Margarita Decretalium, i.e. "Pearls of the Decretals," is the index to the Decretals of Gregory IX (or Liber Extra). First printed in 1481, the Margarita was probably assembled during the late thirteenth century, some time before the appearance of the Liber Sextus in 1298. There are twelve incunable editions. Our 1493 imprint is the tenth. OCLC locates 3 copies in North America (Huntington Library, Library of Congress, Yale Law School). Goff, Incunabula in American Libraries V327. Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke M21422. Incunabula Short-Title Catalogue im00327000.
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