1547 Aldobrandini Edition of the Institutes With Extensive Early Annotations Justinian I [483-565 CE], Emperor of the East. Aldobrandini, Sylvestro [1499-1558], Editor. Holoander, Gregor [1501-1531], Editor. Perrino, Egidio [fl. 1508-1533], Editor] Institutiones Iuris D. Iustiniani Sacratis Principis Primalegum Cunabula: A Clarissimo Iuriscon. D. Sylvestro Aldobrandino Florentino Annotationibus Illustrata: Sed Ita, Ut Omnia in Unum Contulerit. In Quibus Etaim Nihil Praetermissum, Quod a G. Haloandro & E. Perrino est Observatum. Lyon: Veronica Vincentiana [Excudebat Dionysius de Harsy], 1547. [lii], 389 [i.e. 387],  ff. Woodcut folding table. Main text in parallel columns surrounded by linear glosses. Octavo (7" x 4-1/2"). Contemporary blind-tooled paneled vellum-covered wooden boards with beveled edges (featuring allegorical figures of justice, charity, hope and other virtues), 1551 stamped to front board, raised bands to spine, small mark from removed label at foot, two clasps, one incomplete, colored edges. Moderate soiling and rubbing to extremities, spine ends and corners bumped, front hinge starting. Title printed in red and black. Moderate toning, slightly heavier in places, faint stains to a few leaves, faint recent library stamp to title page, extensive annotations underlining and other marks to text and endleaves in contemporary hands. $2,850. * 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 books: Code, Novels, Institutes and Digest. Intended for students, the Institutes is a synopsis of the reformed legal system. Aldobrandini, who edited this edition and added commentary, was a Florentine jurisconsult. First published by Giunta in 1534, Aldobrandini's was one of the most popular and influential editions. It was issued several times during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, often with contributions from later scholars. The striking folding woodcut is an ornate table of descents in the form of a man holding up the branches of a family tree. The underlining and annotations in our 1547 copy are mostly summaries of key points. They bear witness to the efforts of several contemporary owners to master this important text. OCLC locates 3 copies of thi.
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