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. $5,000. * 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. Justinian's Code. (The titles are in Latin, the text in French.) Based on class lectures, the notes are paraphrases of each title. The later notes in the margins are clarifications or statements of main points. The first page has a large Roman numeral "I," which suggests the compiler had another notebook covering the rest of the Code (Books 6-12). Also known as the Codex Justiniani, the Code contains the laws in force during Justinian's reign. It is divided into 12 books. Book 1 deals with ecclesiastical law, the sources of law, and the duties of high officials. Books 2-8 deal with private law. Book 9 deals with criminal law. Books 10-12 deal with administrative law. It is one of the four components of the Corpus Juris Civilis.
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