A Rare Seventeenth-Century Guide to Legal Study Brucksilber, Georg. Cothmann, Ernst [1557-1624]. Everaerts, Nicolas [1462-1532]. Memoriale Juridicum Novum. Quo Continentur Totius Juris Civilis Constructio, Series Nexusque Librorum Corporis Juris Utriusque, Ut & Indices Titulorum cum Locorum Similium Collatione, Index Praeterea Rubricarum Universi Juris, Caesarei & Pontificii Absolutissimus. Ut et Memoriale Juridicum Georgi Bruksulbergi, Cum Ern. Cothmanni et Everardorum Libellis. Amsterdam: Apud Viduam Adr. Gasbequi, 1687. [xii], 336 pp. 12mo. (5-1/4" x 3"). Contemporary vellum, early hand-lettered title to spine, speckled edges. Corners and spine ends lightly bumped, small early owner markings to front and rear free endpapers. Light toning to text, somewhat heavier in places. A notably well-preserved copy. $1,500. * Later edition. Intended for students, this handbook contains a title-by-title summary of the Corpus Juris Civilis and parts of the Corpus Juris Canonici, an alphabetical index of topics in Roman law, a guide to legal study by Cothmann and a guide to legal terminology. Little is known about Brucksilber, sometimes spelled Bucksilber or Brucksulberg, or his book. He appears to have been a lawyer, but the title page of our copy doesn't list any professional or academic affiliations. We located seven editions of the book, the earliest from 1640, the latest from 1725. OCLC locates a few copies of each edition and 2 copies in North America: a 1685 edition at Harvard Law School and a 1725 edition at the University of Alberta. Our 1687 edition is not listed in OCLC. Not in Dekkers, which refers to a 1676 edition in its entry on Everaerts, or the British Museum Catalogue, which lists a 1658 edition.
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