An Important Contribution To The Early-Modern Recovery of Roman Law Du Rivail, Aymar [1491-1558]. Civilis Historiae Juris, Sive in XII Tab. Leges Commentarioru[m] Libri Quinq[ue]. Historiae Item Juris Pont. Liber Singularis. Mainz: [Apud Ioannem Schoeffer], 1527. [xvi], 291 pp. Octavo (6" x 4"). Contemporary blind-stamped calf over wooden boards, raised bands and later paper title label to spine, early hand-lettered titles to top-edge and front board, calf clasps with recent period-style clasps, endpapers renewed. Some rubbing to spine with wear to ends, minor worming to front pastedown, early manuscript table to rear endleaf. Title printed within woodcut architectural border, woodcut decorated initials, interior notably fresh. $1,500. * Second edition. Du Rivail, who studied under Alciati, was a humanist jurist, historian and member of the parlement of Grenoble. As Peter Stein has observed, Civilis Historiae Juris, a set of commentaries on the Twelve Tables, was an important contribution to the early-modern recovery of Roman law from the obfuscations of the glossators and Commentators. It was first published in 1515 and went through four subsequent editions, the final in 1539. The laws identified erroneously or questionably as those of the Twelve Tables are included as well. The fifth book is a kind a critical bio-bibliography of early jurists and their works. The final section is a historical sketch of canon law entitled Historia Pontificii Iuris Liber Singularis. "He concentrated on the main account of the 'origin of law' in the Digest, the long fragment...from Pomponius, and supplemented it by reference to Livy's account of the early republic. Du Rivail sought to reconstruct the contents of the Twelve Tables, and, since that legislation was said to be inspired by the Athenian laws of Solon, he included all known provisions of Solon's law (Stein). 3 copies of this edition located in North America (at the National Library of Canada, UC-Berkeley Law School and the Library of Congress). Another copy located at Harvard Law School. Stein, Roman Law in European History 78. Verzeichnis der im deutschen Sprachbereich erschienenen Drucke des 16. Jahrhunderts D3046.
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