1501 Venetian Edition of the Institutes in a Contemporary Binding [Justinian I (485-565 CE), Emperor of the East]. [Accursius (Accorso, Francisco) (c.1182-c.1260), Glossator]. [Gradibus, Johannes de (active 15th-16th c)]. Instituta cum Summariis. [Venice: Per Paganinum de Paganinis, May 25, 1501]. 152 [i.e. 140] ff. Text in parallel columns with linear gloss. Octavo (6-3/4" x 4-3/4"). Contemporary calf, blind frames and ornaments to boards, raised bands to spine, clasps, lower clasp lacking strap and buckle, endpapers renewed, inner margins of title page and leaf s1 (fol. 137) reinforced. Light rubbing to boards, light gatoring to spine, rubbing and light wear to spine ends, rubbing with heavier wear to corners. Printed throughout in red and black, "I" of "Instituta" on title page colored red. Moderate toning, faint, in some places very faint, dampstaining, some edgewear to preliminaries and final three leaves, annotations in early hand to title page and its verso, the verso of final leaf, and some leaves of the text. $7,500. * Commissioned by the Emperor Justinian in 530 CE, the body of writings known collectively as the Corpus Juris Civilis restated all existing Roman law. It has four components: the Code, Novels, Institutes and Digest. Intended for students, the Institutes is a synopsis of the reformed legal system. Rediscovered during the late middle ages, it became the standard textbook of Roman law. The main text of our 1501 imprint is accompanied by Accorso's great Glossa Ordinaria (or Magistralis). A Professor of Law at Bologna and a leading figure in the revival of classical jurisprudence, Accorso examined every extant note and commentary when he prepared his epochal edition of Justinian's Institutes, Digest and Code. This massive effort eliminated much of the obscurity and contradiction introduced by earlier writers. His editions, which superseded all previous attempts, remained definitive until the 1583 revision by Denis Godefroy. OCLC locates 3 copies, 1 in North America (Library of Congress). Not in Adams. Censimento Nazionale delle Edizioni Italiane del XVI Secolo CNCE 14113.
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