First Edition of a Fifteenth-Century Guide to Legal Study Canis, Johannes Jacobus [d.1490 or 1494]. [De Modo Studendi in Utroque Iure]. [Padua: Bartholomaeus de Valdezoccho, 1 October 1476].  ff. Last leaf blank. Collation: [a10, b12]. Single-column text. Quarto (7-3/4" x 5-1/4; ; 19.5 x 13.3 cm). Contemporary quarter deerskin over wooden boards, rebacked, fragments of vellum strips nailed to outer edge of deerskin, raised bands to spine, catch and clasp lacking, shallow circular incision to front board. Text in 23-line italic type, red Lombards throughout. Moderate toning, light to moderate foxing to margins. $16,500. * First edition. Canis was a professor of law at the University of Padua. A work inspired by his experience a teacher, his De Modu Studendi is a handbook for law university law students. It went through three more editions in 1484, 1485 and 1488). All are scarce today with very few copies held in North American libraries. Of the first edition, the ISTC locates 4 (Harvard Law School, Huntington Library, UC-Berkeley Law School, Yale Law School). Goff, Incunabula in American Libraries C97. Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke 5973.
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