A Landmark in the Recovery of Early Medieval Law Du Tillet, Jean [d. 1570], Editor. Libelli Seu Decreta a Clodoveo, Et Childeberto, & Clothario, Prius Aedita, Ac, Postremum a Carolo Lucide Emendata, Auctaque Plurimum, In Quibus Haec Habentur. Capitula ex Isidori Junioris Hispalensis Episcopi Etymologiarum Lib. V. Pactum Pro Tenore Pacis DD. Childeberti & Clotharii Regum Decretio Clotharii Regis. Sententiae de Septem Septenis. Lex Salica. Decretem Childeberti Regis. Recapitulatio Legis Salica. [Paris: Charlotte Guillard, 1550]. [ii], -127; , 70; , 95; , 56; 15; , 119,  pp. Six parts one, each preceded by divisional title page. Octavo 4-1/4" x 3-1/4" (10.8 x 8.2 cm). Contemporary limp vellum, title panel and blind ornaments to spine. Light soiling, spine darkened, corners bumped, small recent owner bookplate to front pastedown, front hinge cracked. Light toning to text, light soiling to title page of first part, later owner annotations in pencil to front pastedown. An appealing copy of a rare title. $3,000. * 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 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. He edited Ulpian's Regulae and assisted Cujas with his edition of the Theodosian Code. This volume was reissued in 1573 with an original title page by Jacques de Puy. Both editions are otherwise identical. Charlotte Guillard was France's first important female printer. She was renowned for the quality of her typography. Later editions were published in 1580 and c. 1600. All are rare. OCLC locates 4 copies of the first edition in North America, 2 in law libraries (Library of Congress, UC-Berkeley). Adams, Catalogue of Books Printed on the Continent of Europe, 1501-1600 L644.
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