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. Cum Additionibus Hactenus Impressis. Quibus Adduntur Casus in Quolibet Paragrapho Breves: Sed qui Rationem Dubitandi [et] Decideni Explicent [et] Contineant. Que in uno Quoque Paragrapho Notatu Digna Sunt Brevibus Significantur....Omnia ex Editione et Secunda Recognitione Clarissimi Iureconsulti. D. Sylvestri Aldobrandini Nobilis Florentini. Venice: [Apud Heredes Lucantonii Iunte Florentini, Mense Decembri], 1543. [lvi], 366,  ff. 23 woodcut text illustrations, 1 full-page. Main text in parallel columns with linear gloss. Octavo (6-1/4" x 4-1/2"). Later vellum. Spine ends lightly bumped, light wear to corners, hinges cracked. Text printed in red and black, large woodcut Giunta device to title page, woodcut decorated initials. Moderate toning, text block loosening in a few places, brief early annotations to a few leaves. $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 that appear in the earlier Giunta editions offer visual summaries of the more important titles. Among the images depicted in the woodcuts are court scenes, farmers at work, a battle and the administration of punishments. 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 no copies of the 1543 edition in North America. Censimento Nazionale delle Edizioni Italiane del XVI Secolo CNCE13469.
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