Rare 1530 Printing of the Summa Azonis that Features a Vignette of Azo Lecturing to Students Azo, Portius [1150-1235]. Summa Azonis. Summa Perutilis Excellentissimi Iuris Monarche Nuperrime Maxima Diligetia Castigata, Additoque Novo Repertorio quo Facilius que Studiosissimus Quisque Requirit Occurrere Possint. Lyons: Constantin Fradin, 1530. [xiv], 373 ff. Main text in parallel columns. Small woodcut vignette of Azo lecturing to students on verso of title page. Quarto 9-1/2" x 7" (24 x 17 cm). Contemporary vellum, early hand-lettered title to spine. Light soiling, some staining and a few minor worm holes to boards, some rubbing to extremities with some wear to edges, corners and head of spine, hinges cracked, a few cracks to text block, rear free endpaper lacking. Title page printed in red and black within woodcut architectural border, woodcut decorated initials. Moderate toning, occasional faint dampstaining, dampspotting in a few places, annotations and underlining in two early hand to c.50 leaves, some affected by trimming, moderate edgewear to preliminaries, light soiling to title page, minor rodent damage to lower corners of final 18 leaves, notable damage to the following two leaves, which have minor loss to text, but not legibility. A rare imprint. $2,500. * Portius Azo, also known as Azo of Bologna, Azo Porius, Azo Porcius and Azo Soldanus, was a lawyer and professor of law at the University of Bologna whose pupils included Accursius and Johannes Teutonicus. His fame rests on his carefully organized commentaries on the Code, Institutes and sections of the Digest of the Corpus Juris Civilis. Known collectively as the Summa Azonis, these commentaries form a methodical exposition of Roman law. The Summa circulated widely in manuscript; 35 printed editions were issued from 1481 to 1610. It was a work of immense authority for generations of continental lawyers. Azo's Summae were synthesized by Accursius in his Glossa Ordinaria; his Summa Codicis was used (and, in many places, copied verbatim) by Bracton in his treatise on English law. Our 1530 Fradin imprint not in Adams or the British Museum Catalogue. OCLC locates 6 copies, 3 in North America (Harvard Law School, Library of Congress, University of Pennsylvania Law School). Universal Short-Title Catalogue 146212.
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