Humanistic Biographies of the Great Jurists of Ancient Rome Rutilio, Bernardino [1504-1538]. Iuris Consultorum Vitae. Rome: Apud Antonium Bladum, 1536. [xvi], CCCLXVII,  pp. Octavo 6" x 4" (15 x 10 cm). Contemporary limp boards, later hand-lettered title to spine. Light soiling, moderate rubbing to extremities, spine darkened, hinges cracked, upper section lacking from front free endpaper, which is pasted to front pastedown. Light toning to text, somewhat heavier in places, brief early annotations throughout, minor worming to a few leaves, light soiling to title page. $1,500. * First edition. Rutilio was Italian jurist and humanist. He was also one of the first authors to compile biographies of lawyers. Iurisconsultorum Vitae describes the lives and achievements of 77 Roman jurists, from Papirius to Tribonian. Distinguished by its discerning criticism and careful use of sources, the work was well-received. It went through later editions in 1537, 1538, 1539, 1545, 1584 and 1718. All editions are scarce. OCLC locates 2 copies of the first edition in North America (University of Minnesota Law School, Yale). Censimento Nazeionale delle Edizioni Italiane del XVI Secolo CNCE24161.
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