1483 Basel Imprint of the Vocabularius Iuris Utriusque in a Handsome Binding [Jodocus of Erfurt, Attributed]. [Vocabularius Juris Utriusque]. [Basel: Michael Wenssler, 20 August 1483].  ff. Collation: a-t8. Text in parallel columns. Folio (12" x 8-3/4"). Contemporary blind-stamped calf over beveled wooden boards, rebacked in period style, circular and lozenge-shaped stamps (depicting, among others, Phoenixes, fleur-de-lis, and paschal lambs) within double blind-ruled frames, raised bands to spine, clasps and corners restored, vellum pastedowns. Light rubbing and a few small nicks and small faint hand-lettered title to front board, heavier rubbing to rear board. 51-line text in Gothic type, rubricated throughout, 9-line opening initial. Light toning, occasional foxing to margins, trimming to fore-edge of first leaf with no loss to text. Light toning, foxing and occasional faint dampstining to margins, early owner inscription to front endleaf. An appealing copy in an attractive binding. $17,500. * A work of great authority, the Vocabularius, as it is popularly known, is usually attributed to Jodocus, a jurist associated with the University of Erfurt. First published by Wenssler in Basel, it went through more than seventy editions over the following 150 years. (It had a second life as the first section of the 1559 edition of Antonio de Nebrija's Lexicon Juris Civilis, a work that was reissued into the seventeenth century.) A useful and highly respected reference work, the Vocabularius is a collection of terms dealing with the Ius Commune taken from such late-scholastic texts as the Vocabularius Stuttgardiensis (1432), the Collectio Terminorum Legalium (c. 1400), and the Introductorium pro Studio Sacrorum Canonum of Hermann von Schildesch (c. 1330). OCLC locates 3 copies in North America (Harvard Law School, University of Illinois, University of Pennsylvania Law School). The ISTC locates 2 more (Huntington Library, New York Public Library). Goff, Incunabula in American Libraries V342. Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke M12632.
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