Annotated Manuscript Copy of the Institutes of Justinian [Manuscript]. [Justinian I (483-565 CE), Emperor of the East]. Justinian Institutiones. [France, c.1700]. 144, , 63,  ff. Folio (11-1/2" x 8"). Contemporary reversed calf, blind rules to boards, raised bands and blind fillets to spine, fragments of thong ties. A few minor worm holes, light rubbing and some scuffs and stains to boards, corners bumped, wear to head of spine, minor worming to rear pastedown. Light toning to interior, minor stains to a few leaves, text in neat hand within ruled borders to rectos and versos of most leaves. $4,000. * This is a careful transcription of the Institutes of Justinian with detailed notes in ruled columns in the outer margins. Added to about 50% of the text, they are under the headings "Renoardus" or "Bengeus." These are likely the names of law professors, which suggests these are notes taken during lectures. In contrast to Justinian's text, the notes are not as neat and have occasional cross-outs and corrections. Written around 161 CE, the Institutes is an elementary treatise on Roman private law that served as a standard text for 300 years.
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