A Jesuitical Restatement of the Institutes Gasparro, Francesco Maria [1679-1735]. Institutionum Juris Civilis. Ad Usum Seminarii Romani. Rome: Apud Cajetanum Zenobium, 1707. Four parts in two volumes. [viii], 105, , 160, ; 124, , 161,  pp. Quarto (8-3/4" x 6-1/4"). Contemporary morocco, gilt double frames to boards, inner frames with large fleurons, gilt spines with raised bands and lettering pieces, gilt tooling to board edges, edges of text blocks gilt, marbled endpapers. A few minor nicks to boards, light rubbing to extremities, corners bumped and lightly worn, small chip to lettering piece of Volume I. Light toning, light foxing in places, ink staining to center of fore-edge of first half of Volume I's text block, ink to margins of sixteen leaves touching text on two leaves, light soiling to preliminaries. A handsome copy. $1,500. * First edition. Gasparro, a Jesuit canon lawyer and member of the Papal Curia, taught criminal and civil law and the University of Rome. Published with Jesuit sponsorship, and notable for its Jesuitical perspective, Gasparro's restatement of Justinian's Institutes was a standard text throughout the eighteenth century; editions appeared as late as 1787. Despite its popularity, all editions of this title are scarce today, especially in North America. OCLC locates 3 copies of the first edition (Harvard Law School, Southern Methodist University Law School, Stanford Law School). Not in Ferreira-Ibarra.
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