Early Printings (1508, c.1496) of Two Classic Fifteenth-Century Textbooks in a Volume with Original Hasp of Chained Binding Brant, Sebastian [1458-1521]. [Caccialupi, Giovanni Battista (c. 1420-1496)]. Expositiones Sive Declaratio[n]es Omniu[m] Tituloru[m] Iuris tam Civilis Q[ua]m Canonici. De Modo Studendi in Utro[que] Jure; Cu[m] No[t]ibu[s] Omniu[m] Scribe[n]tiu[m] in Iure. [Basel: Jakob von Pforzheim (for Jakob Wollf), 1 February 1508]. 168 ff. Collation: A-S8, T4, V-X6, Y8. [Bound with] [Polonus, Martinus (d.1278)]. [Brant, Sebastian, Editor]. Margarita Decretaliu[m]. [Basel: Nicolaus Kesler, c. 1496].  ff. Text in parallel columns. 46-line text. Collation: a8, b-h6, i8. Quarto 8-1/2" x 6-1/4" (21.5 x 16 cm). Contemporary quarter pigskin with elaborate blind tooling over wooden boards with (later?) pigskin clasp with bronze buckle, original iron hasp for chain to top-edge of rear board, raised bands and "Basilae 1508" in early hand to spine, contemporary hand-lettered vellum title panel affixed to front board large calligraphic letter L directly above it, thumb tabs to fore-edges of title pages. Light soiling to pigskin, spine ends bumped, a few minor wormholes to boards. Moderate toning to text, somewhat heavier in places, faint dampstaining to final ten leaves of Margarita, later calligraphic flourish and "1508" to title page of Expositiones. A handsome volume with a rare example of an early library security measure. $20,000. * Remembered today as the author of the moral and satirical Narrenschiff (The Ship of Fools), Brant was also a noted legal scholar and humanist. He studied at Basel, where he completed a doctor of laws degree. After serving on Basel's law faculty he moved to Strasbourg, his birthplace, where he became city clerk and enjoyed a position of great prominence. Brant was later appointed imperial councilor by the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I, who elevated him to the nobility. Expositio Titulorum is a renowned textbook devoted to complex passages in Roman and canon law. First published in 1490, while Brant was in Strasbourg, it summarizes his thoughts concerning Roman and Canon law and re.
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