Manuscript Copy of Lecture Notes on the Institutes of Justinian [Manuscript]. Melchiori, Sebastiano [1656-1728]. [Justinian I, Emperor of the East (483-565 CE)]. Liber P[rimus] Institutionum Civilium. [Northern Italy, Probably Padua], May, 1704. 353,  pp. Quarto (7-1/2" x 5"). Contemporary limp vellum, early hand-lettered titles to spines (Institut[ionum] Civil[ium]). Light soiling and some minor spots and stains, moderate rubbing to extremities, chipping to spine ends, front hinge cracked, rear hinge starting, a few signatures and leaves loose or detached. Light toning, faint dampstaining to upper half of text block, content in neat hand to rectos and versos of most leaves, hand-drawn pictorial title page. $1,000. * Carefully organized and indexed, this fair-copy volume records a set of lectures based on Book I of Justinian's Institutes, the classic introductory textbook on Roman law, by Professor Domenici Campanile in May 1704, most likely at the University of Padua. 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. The title page depicts a bell tower, or campanile, clearly a reference to the professor's name.
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