Two of Damhouder's Classic Treatises on Civil and Criminal Law with 71 Illustrations Damhouder [Damhoudere], Josse de [1507-1581]. Practycke in Civile Saken, Seer Nut, Profytelijck Ende Noodigh Allen Schouten, Burgermeesteren, Schepenen, Ende Andere Rechteren. Uyt de Latijnsche in de Nederduytsche Tale Over-Geset, Ende met Schoone Figuren, Tot Elcke Materie Dienende, Verciert. Rotterdam: By Pieter van Waesberge, 1660. [xxxvi], 592,  pp. 14 engraved copperplate leaves, 1 depicting an allegory of justice, the others depicting crimes, trials and legal procedures, copperplate engraved portrait to title page. [Bound with] Damhouder, Josse de. Practycke in Criminele Saken, Seer Nut, Profytelijck Allen Souverains, Bailjous, Burgermeesteren, Ende Schepenen, &c. Hier is noch by Gevoeght d'Ordonnantie, Op 't Stuck van de Criminele Justitie, In dese Nederlanden. Alles met Schoone Figueren, Daer toe Dienende Verciert. Rotterdam: By Pieter van Waesberge, 1660. [viii], 264; 59,  pp. The final section, with a separate title page dated 1660, is titled Ordonnantie Edict Ende Gebodt, Ons's Heeren des Koninghs, Op'tstuck van de Criminale Justitien, In dese Nederlanden. Copperplate engraved portrait to title page, 56 woodcuts depicting crimes, trials, torture and executions. Quarto (7-3/4" x 6"). Contemporary vellum with lapped edges, early hand-lettered title and fragments of later paper shelf label to spine. Light soiling and a few minor spots to boards, spine darkened, a few minor nicks to spine ends. Title pages (excepting that of Ordonnantie) printed in red and black. Light toning to text, somewhat heavier in places, light browning to outer margins of a few leaves. An appealing copy. $2,000. * Later editions. First published in 1557 and 1554 as Praxis Rerum Civilium and Praxis Rerum Criminalium, these were standard works that went through several editions in Latin, French and Dutch into the early seventeenth century. Synthetic works drawn mostly from Roman-Dutch sources, they are notable as early examples of illustrated law books. Our 1660 edition of Civile Saken is distinguished by fine copperplates, most of them illustrating aspects of legal process. Our 1650 edition of Criminele Saken is illustrated throughout with cruder, but more vivid, woodcuts depicting adultery, murder.
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