Giunta Edition of the Institutes Illustrated with 23 Woodcuts Justinian [483-565 CE], Emperor of the East. Aldobrandini, Sylvestro [1499-1558], Editor. Institutiones Iuris Civilis. Habes Lector in Novissima hac Institutionum Imperialium Editione textum ac Glosas quam Emendatissimas una cum Additionibus Hucusquam Impressis... Venice: Apud Heredes Luceantonii Iunte [Giunta], 1539 (colophon date: November 1538). [lv], 366 ff. Final blank leaf lacking. 23 woodcut text illustrations, 1 full-page. Octavo 6-3/4" x 5-3/4" (17 x 14 cm). Modern vellum, calf lettering piece to spine, small bookseller description pasted to rear free endpaper. Two-column text with linear gloss by Aldobrandini printed in red and black throughout, large woodcut Giunta device to title page, woodcut decorated initials. Light toning, occasional faint staining to lower margins of text block, minor worming in a few places, some with repairs, with loss to a few letters, lower corner of leaf a4 (fol. 4) repaired with minor loss to text, legibility not affected, faint early struck-though signatures to title page, early underlining and brief annotations in a few places. $4,500. * Commissioned by the Emperor Justinian in 530 CE, the body of writings known collectively as the Corpus Juris Civilis preserved and restated all existing Roman law. It has four books: the Code, Novels, Institutes and Digest. Intended for students, the Institutes is a synopsis of the reformed legal system. Aldobrandini, who edited this edition and added commentary, was a Florentine jurisconsult. First published by Giunta in 1534, Aldobrandini's text went through several editions during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. It was one of the most popular and influential early editions of the Institutes. The charming woodcut vignettes offer visual summaries of the more important titles. The full-page woodcut is an ornate table of descents in the form of a man holding up branches of a family tree. All illustrated Giunta editions are rare. OCLC locates 4 copies of the 1539 (1538) edition, 3 in North America (Baylor Law School, Cornell, Yale Law School). Censimento Nazionale delle Edizioni Italiane del XVI Secolo 13468.
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