Lectures Based on Zoes's Corpus Juris Civilis Commentaries by a Contemporary Jurist [Manuscript]. [Zoes, Hendrik (1571-1627)]. Explicatio in Zoesy Digesta. [Central Europe, c.1700].  pp. Quarto (7-3/4" x 6-1/4"). Contemporary vellum, black-stamped lettering piece and later hand-lettered title to spine, edges rouged. Moderate soiling, some minor stains and a few small chips to boards, heavier soiling and slight crease to spine, corners slightly bumped and somewhat worn, negligible minor worming to hinges and preliminary leaves. Light toning, dampstaining to head of text block, occasional light foxing. Written in a single legible hand within penciled margins. $2,500. * This appears to be a fair copy of a transcript of a professor's lectures on Justinian's Corpus Juris Civilis based on Hendrik Zoes's highly regarded commentaries. The manuscript is in four books divided into chapters with headings and numbered side-notes. A proemium gives some indication of the course content, covering Justinian's Corpus and notable later additions using Zoes's commentary as a base text. The course notes reflect the lively intertextual nature of scholarship on Roman law. Several instances of first person Latin may indicate additions and commentary from the professor, faithfully transcribed by a student hastening to copy every word. We have found reference to other manuscripts titled Explicatio in Zoesii digesta in the 1811 catalogue of a monastery library in Wroclaw. This may indicate that there was a class based on Zoes at the university there. A unique window into early legal education and the reception and study of Roman law in 17th-century Central Europe. See Urszula Bonczuk-Dawidzuk, Anna Jesierska, and Arkadiusz Wojtyla, "Zbiory Biblioteczne, Archiwalne i Artystyczne Znajdujace sie w 1811 R. w Opactwie Norbertanow we Wroclawiu w Swietle Inwentarza i Sprawozdania z Postepowania Kasacyjnego z 'Akt Buschinga'." Hereditas Monasteriorum 4 (2014): 295-329.
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