Humanistic Biographies of the Great Jurists of Ancient Rome Rutilio, Bernardino [1504-1538]. Iuris Consultorum Vitae, Novissime Elimatae, & Mendis non Paucis, Quibus Scatebant, Repurgatae. Lyon: Germanum Rose, 1538. [xvi], 254,  pp. Octavo (6-1/4" x 4-1/4"). Contemporary boards covered in vellum derived from medieval manuscript, later paper title label to head of spine. Light soiling, moderate rubbing with some wear to spine ends and corners, small chip to front joint, rear pastedown partially detached. Light toning to text, somewhat heavier in places, faint dampstaining to head of text block from front pastedown to p. 17, minor worming to front pastedown and upper margins of preliminaries, light foxing to a few leaves. An attractive copy. $1,250. * Third edition. Rutilio was Italian jurist and humanist scholars. He was also one of the first authors to compile biographies of lawyers. Iurisconsultorum Vitae describes the lives and achievements of 77 Roman jurists, from Papirius to Tribonian. Distinguished by its discerning criticism and careful use of sources, the work was well-received. First published in Rome in 1536, it went through later editions in 1537, 1538, 1539, 1545, 1584 and 1718. All editions are scarce. OCLC locates 9 copies of the third edition in North America, 5 in law libraries (Harvard, Library of Congress, Ohio State, UC-Berkeley, University of Georgia). Baudrier, Bibliographie Lyonnaise 5:12.
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