Manuscript Lecture Notes on Two Standard Legal Textbooks [Manuscript]. Melchiori, Sebastiano [1656-1728]. [Lancellotti, Giovanni Paolo (1522-1590)]. [Sanfelice, Giovanni Francesco (1566-1648)]. [Institutionum Canonicarum]. [Northern Italy, Probably Padua], October, 1704. Five books in two volumes. Various paginations (c. 800 pp.). Quarto (7-1/2" x 5"). Contemporary limp vellum, early hand-lettered titles to spines (Institut[ionum] Canon[icarum] Tom 1 & 2 and Institut[ionum] Canon[icarum] Tom 3 & 4). Moderate soiling and some minor spots and stains, moderate rubbing to extremities, corners bumped and lightly worn, chipping to spine ends of Tom 1 & 2, rear hinge of Tom 3 & 4 cracked, other hinges starting. Light toning, occasional faint dampstaining to margins, content in neat hand to rectos and versos of most leaves, a few have calligraphic flourishes or other decorations. $2,000. * Carefully organized and indexed, these fair-copy volumes record the text of Lancellotti's Institutiones Iuris Canonici as dictated, with commentary, by Professor Domenici Campanile in October 1704, most likely at the University of Padua. The final section of Tom 3 & 4 is titled Praxis Iudiciaria, possibly the text, with classroom commentary by Campanile, of Sanfelice's Praxis Iudiciaria, Sive de Ordine Judiciorum Civilium, Criminalium, Et Mixtorum. Both books were standard texts in Italian law schools in the early 1700s. Melchiori was a seminary student who taught literature, Greek and Latin at the University of Padua. He probably compiled these manuscripts when he was working towards a doctorate in law. A front endleaf of Tom 1 & 2 contains a sonnet headed by an image of a skull. The front free endpaper of Tom 3 & 4 is inscribed with brief theological musings.
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