First Edition of the 1564 Nuremberg City Law Filled with Contemporary Annotations [Nuremberg]. Der Stat Nurmberg Verneute Reformation. [Nuremberg: Valentin Geissler], 1564. [xlv], 240,  ff. Woodcut title page and allegorical leaf. Folding table of consanguinity lacking. 35 added leaves of manuscript notes, the last dated 1620. Folio (12-1/4" x 8"). Contemporary paneled pigskin stained brown, rebacked in calf with raised bands and lettering piece, recent metal bosses to corners of boards, clasps lacking, hinges reinforced. Light rubbing to boards, restoration to edges of endleaves, title page and final two added leaves of notes. Title page has a handsome elaborate woodcut architectural border, main text preceded by handsome full-page woodcut allegorical leaf, large woodcut initials. Light toning to text, occasional faint dampstaining to foot of text block, faint dampspotting in places, minor tears to a few leaves. Extensive annotations in early hand in several places. $6,500. * First edition. Nuremberg was the center of the Renaissance in Germany and was its leading cultural and intellectual center until the end of the sixteenth century. These qualities are reflected in the contents and design of this volume. The Reformation, or civic legal code, of Nuremberg is known for its humanistic orientation, clear, straightforward language, elegant typography and fine woodcuts. It revised the code enacted in 1498. The highly skilled engraver, known today only by the monogram M.S., designed the title and following cut as allegories on the wealth and unity of Nuremberg. The title has a striking architectural border featuring Moses and the Holy Roman emperor and following leaf depicts God, the city of Nuremberg and figures representing the city flanked by figures representing peace, justice and generosity. Most of the annotations note amendments to the printed statutes, the 35 manuscript leaves update the statutes to 1620. OCLC locates 15 copies in North America, 4 of these in law libraries (Harvard, UC-Berkeley, University of Michigan, Yale). Verzeichnissen der im Deutschen Sprachraum Erschienenen Drucke des 16. Jahrhunderts N2029.
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