Early Latin Edition of Doctor and Student Saint German (Germain), Christopher [1460?-1540]. Dialogus de Fundamentis Legum Angliae et de Conscientia. Per Christopherum de Sancto Germano Communiter Seyngerman Confectus, Cuius Mentio est in Principio Secundi Libri Dialogorum Inter Sacrae Theologiae Doctorem et Studentem Legum Angliae. [London?]: In Aedibus Thomae Wight, 1604. [iv], 73,  ff. Lacking final blank leaf. Octavo (5-1/2" x 3-1/2"). Recent calf, gilt rules to boards, gilt title to spine, endpapers renewed. Light toning to interior, light foxing and soiling in a few places, small notes in pencil to leaves A3-5. A handsome copy. $650. * Second Latin edition. Written originally in Latin in 1528, Dialogus de Fundamentis Legum Angliae et de Conscientia is better known in its English version, Doctor and Student, first published in 1530. It contains two dialogues between a doctor of divinity and a student of English law. It popularized canonist learning on the nature and object of law, the religious and moral standards of law, the foundations of the common law and issues regarding the jurisdiction of Parliament. It was also a key work in the development of equity law. Doctor and Student went through numerous editions. An authority well into the eighteenth century, it influenced several writers, including Blackstone. The 1604 Latin edition contains a biography of Saint Germain and the text of his will. English Short-Title Catalogue S103137.
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