A Fundamental Treatise on Family Relations Andrea, Giovanni d' [1275-1348]. [Super Arboribus Consanguinitatis et Affinitatis et Cognationis Spiritualis]. [Nuremberg: Friedrich Creussner, 1483]. 10 ff. Collation: [a10]. Full-page woodcut tables on Leaves [a4]v, [a8]r and [a10]v. Folio (11-1/4" x 8"; 28.5 x 20 cm). Twentieth-century plain boards, calf spine with gilt-stamped title (a signed binding by Claude Honnelaitre). Light rubbing to boards, light wear to spine ends, corners bumped, recent owner bookplate, auction description and owner annotation in pencil to front pastedown, other penciled annotations in different hands to front free endpaper. Text printed in 34-lines italic type, large silver Lombard to [a1]r, silver and red Lombards to following leaves, tables highlighted in silver and red, paragraph and capital strokes in red. Light toning to text, notes in contemporary hand throughout in brown and red ink, table on Leaf [a4] trimmed with loss to margins, table on Leaf [a8] trimmed close with minor loss, worming to text block, mostly to margins, negligible faint dampstaining to lower edges of leaves. A desirable wide-margined copy of a fundamental treatise. $8,500. * D'Andrea was an Italian canonist and professor of canon law at the University of Bologna. An eminent figure who received the highest tributes from Arithemius, Baldus, Forster and Bellarmin, his principal writings circulated widely in manuscript and were among the earliest printed works on canon law. Often included in editions of the Corpus Juris Canonici, the Super Arboribus is a fundamental treatise on degrees of consanguinity and affinity, also known as blood relations, and spiritual relationships created by godparents and their families. It was a work of vital importance in cases regarding estates, incest and conflicts of interest. It went through numerous manuscript and printed editions into the modern era. Our 1483 imprint is the sixteenth of seventeen issued by Creussner. The three woodcuts are so much larger than the type-pages that many, if not most, copies are trimmed to some degree. OCLC locates 6 copies, none in North America. The ISTC locates 1 copy in North America, at the Huntington Library. Goff locates copies at the Huntington Library and the Collegiate-Rochester Divinity School, Rochester, NY (which is no lon.
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