The Proper Forms for Pleading in the Curia Romana [Curia Romana]. [Formularium Instrumentorum ad Usum Curiae Romanae. Constitutio 19 November 1317 'Exsecrabilis Quorundam' Contra Pluralitatem Beneficiorum; Paulus II, Bulla 23 November 1464 `Cum Detestabile Scelus' Contra Simoniacos; Paulus II, Bulla 1 March 1467 'Ambitiose Cupiditati' de Rebus Ecclesiae non Alienandis]. [Basel: Michael Wenssler, Not after 1480].  ff. Collation: q6, a11, b-k8, l6, m-o8, p6. Leaf a1, a blank, lacking. Signature q, the table of contents, with blank q1, is bound at front as in the British Library copy. Folio 12" x 8-1/2" (30 x 21.5 cm). Contemporary blind-stamped red-dyed doeskin, rebacked in period style, central cross and linear frame on covers with 15 repeat stamps, including man of sorrows, 'Maria' in a banner, paschal lamb, a deer, rosette and palmette, apparently not in Einbanddatenbank, raised bands and decorative blind tooling and stamps to spine, period-style replica clasps. Light rubbing and a few minor stains to boards, heavier rubbing to extremities with wear to spine ends and corners, partial crack through spine, scattered wormholes to exterior, pastedowns and leaves at front and rear of text block, minor worming to other leaves. 55-line text in single column. Light toning, slightly heavier in places, wrinkling from moisture to margins in a few places, inkspots to a few leaves, brief early annotation to verso of front leaf, 1646 owner inscription of Burghausen, Jesuit college at head of first text leaf. $17,000. * First appearing in the 1474 Rome edition of Johann Schurener and Johann Nicolai Hanheymer, the Formularium Instrumentorum is a collection of models for legal documents applicable to canon law. Developed in the second quarter of the fifteenth century, they were used in the multifarious business of the Curia. This edition was printed in Wenssler's type 124, later taken over by P. Kunne, Memmingen, and probably first cast for liturgical use. A 1480 date of purchase was noted by Baer, Bucherfreund 9 (1911), no 1, 2, 738. Goff, Incunabula in American Libraries F254. Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke 10201. Incunabula Short Title Catalogue if00254000 locates 4 copies in the United States: 2 at Harvard - Houghton and the Law School; GW Law School, and U. Penn Lea Library.
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