A Sixteenth-Century Pocket-Sized French Layman's Edition of the Institutes Justinian I [483-565 CE], Emperor of the East. Lescut, Nicolaus de [d.1580], Translator and Editor. Les Institutions Imperialle, Avec Certaines Glosses & Arbre Civil ou Sont Inserees les Formules des dema[n]des ou Libelles Iudiciaux sur Chascune Action: Le tout Mis de Latin en Francois, Par Maistre Nicolle de l'Escut Secretaire du Duc de Lorraine, Fidelemet Reveues & Corrigees par Hommes Scavans, Selon la Maniere de Playder par les Francois. Paris: On les Vends a Paris en la Grande rue Sainct Iacques, a l'Enseigne Sainct Martin, Par Vivant Gaultherot, 1547. [viii], 332 ff. 16mo. (4-1/2" x 3"). Later calf, blind frames with gilt corner fleurons enclosing a blind-stamped heraldic lion passant to boards, raised bands, blind fillets and gilt ornaments to spine. Light rubbing to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, a few worm holes to spine, small chip to head, hinges cracked (exposing manuscript binder's waste). Light toning to text, later owner marking to front free endpaper, owner signature dated 1702 to title page. $1,500. * This pocket edition by followed two earlier editions in larger formats from 1543 and 1544. As early as the 12th century, French legal students began to refine their study and practice of law toward a "perfected" Justinian system. This interest was largely owed to the spread of the philologically oriented study of the books of the Corpus Juris Canonici at the University in Bologna. French universities followed suit. The spread of text-based Roman law in France eventually created a market of translations for the general public, such as our imprint by Lescut, a jurist, diplomat and secretary to Antoine the Good, Duke of Lorraine. He states in his preface that he took "great pains" to render the text in plain language. Despite the claim in his title, this book was not issued with a tree of descents (arbre civil). All editions by Lescut are scarce. OCLC locates 7 copies of the 1547 edition, 1 in North America (Library of Congress). Bibliographie des Editions Parisiennes du 16e Siecle BP16-112725.
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