The Legal and Political Constitution of the Holy Roman Empire Perez, Antonio [1583-1673]. Ius Publicum, Quo Arcana & Iura Principis Exponuntur. Amsterdam: Apud Ludovicum & Danielem Elsevirium, 1657. Main titlepage, with woodcut Elzevier Minerva device, preceded by copperplate pictorial title page. [xvi], 338 pp. 12mo. (5" x 3"). eighteenth-century calf, blind frames to boards, gilt spine with raised bands, blind tooling to board edges, text block edges speckled, marbled endpapers, ribbon marker. Light rubbing, a few minor nicks . corners bumped and lightly worn, front hinge starting, recent owner bookplate to verso of front free endpaper. Light toning to text, "No 3191" in early hand to front endleaf, a few early check marks to table of contents, brief early annotation to p. 2. Book housed in attractive recent slipcase made from early marbled paper. $500. * First edition. Perez, a Spanish jurist and statesman, was a professor of law at the University of Louvain, state counselor to Holy Roman Emperor Phillip II and an influential scholar of Roman law. Ius Publicum is a textbook on the legal and political constitution of the Holy Roman Empire. A well-regarded work, it went through later editions in 1668, 1669 and 1682. All are scarce today. OCLC locates 2 copies of the first edition in North American law libraries (University of Michigan, Tulane). Dekkers, Bibliotheca Belgica Juridica 132.
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