Commentaries on the Decretals of Gregory IX Concerning Marriage and Criminal Procedure by the "Lamp of the Law" Tudeschi, Niccolo de (Abbas Panoramitanus) [1386-1445]. [Lectura Super V Libris Decretalium]. [Basel: Johann Besicken, 1480-1481]. Part VI (of VI).  ff. Text in parallel columns. Collation: a-c10, d12, e10, f8, g-k10, l8, m-o10, p8, q-r10, [symbol]10, [symbol]8, s6, t-v10, u10, w10, x6. Folio (14" x 10-1/4"; 357 x 256 mm.). Contemporary blind-tooled pigskin over wooden boards, manuscript vellum lettering piece to front cover, spine with raised bands sanded white, eighteenth-century leather lettering pieces and later paper shelf labels, boards lacking catches and clasps. Moderate soiling to boards, corners bumped and lightly worn, numerous small wormholes through covers into text block with minor text loss to few leaves but not impairing legibility, pastedowns loose, eighteenth-century Salzburg Benedictine Monastery bookplate to verso of front board, brief early annotations to front free endpaper (author name) and head of leaf a2 (ownership inscription). Printed in 55 lines, text in gothic type, rubricated, large Lombard initials in red and blue, seven-line decorated initial and three-quarter illuminated border in colors and gold on a2r incorporating 3 linked roundels in lower margin containing depictions of 2 men with shields and lances and woman with bow and arrow, similar decoration on g1r with floral and ornamental motifs instead of figures in the roundels. Light toning, dampstaining to lower margin of c1-3 and light browning to margin of m7, blank lower outer corner off q3, paper flaw in blank lower outer corner of t1. $25,000. * Tudeschi, a Benedictine canonist from Sicily, taught at the Universities of Siena, Parma and Bologna. His commentaries on the Liber Quinque Decretalium of Gregory IX, the Liber Sextus Decretalium of Boniface VIII and the Liber Septimus Decretalium (Clementinae), three components of the Corpus Juris Canonici, established his immense authority and the title of "lucerna juris" (lamp of the law). First printed in 1475-1477 in Venice, his commentary of the Gregory's decretals is a multi-volume work. The 1480-1481 Basel edition was issued in six parts, each complete in itself. Our part contains the portions concerning marriage and criminal procedure. The I.
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