Plantin Edition of the Decretals of Gregory IX in a Notably Handsome Binding [Canon Law]. Gregory IX, Pope [1227-1241]. [Raymond of Penaforte, Saint (1175?-1275), Compiler]. [Le Conte, Antoine (1517-1586), Editor]. Epistolae Decretales Summorum Pontificum, A Gregorio Nono Pontifice Maximo Collectae. Quid Hac Editione Praestitum Sit, Sequenti Pagella Indicatur. Antwerp: Ex Officina Christophori Plantini, 1570. [xxxii], 911,  pp. Octavo (6-1/2" x 4-1/4"). Contemporary ornately gilt-paneled calf, large heraldic arms with the arms of an unidentified bishop or cardinal (indicated by a galero hat with tassels) to centers of boards, gilt spine with raised bands, all edges gilt, spine ends carefully mended. A few minor nicks and scuffs to boards, a few tiny worm holes to spine, moderate rubbing to extremities, front joint starting, hinges cracked. Plantin device to title page. Moderate toning and light foxing, light soiling to title page, single worm hole through most of text block. A superbly bound volume. $1,750. * Promulgated in 1234, the Decretals of Gregory IX is one of the four works known collectively as the Corpus Juris Canonici, a collection of papal decisions comprising the law of the Catholic Church and lands governed by the Pope. The Decretals is organized into five books dealing with church government, procedure, clerical life, marriage and criminal law. The first printed edition was issued in Strasbourg by Heinrich Eggesteyn in 1470-1472. Edited by the important humanist Le Conte, also known as Contius, our Plantin edition predates the Reformation-inspired Correctores Romani (1580-1582), which was the law of the Church until 1917. Adams, Catalogue of Books Printed on the Continent of Europe G1227.
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