With an Interesting Introduction and Extensive Commentary Justinian I [483-565 CE], Emperor of the East. Cumin, Patrick [1823-1890], Translator and Editor. A Manual of Civil Law; Or, Examination in the Institutes of Justinian: Being a Translation of and Commentary on that Work, With an Introduction on The History of the Roman Law. London: V. & R. Stevens and G.S. Norton [et al.], 1854. xvi, 401,  pp. Octavo (7" x 4"). Contemporary three-quarter calf over pebbled cloth boards, raised bands, blind fillets and lettering piece to spine, edges rouged. Moderate rubbing to extremities, slight creasing and scuffing to spine, chipping and light wear to spine head, corners bumped and somewhat worn, front hinge cracked, rear hinge just starting at head, faint offsetting to endleaves. Light toning to interior, occasional later hash marks in pencil to margins, negligible light foxing to a few pages, faint offsetting to pp. ii and iii. $350. * First edition. Cumin, a barrister who studied at Balliol College, Oxford, provides an interesting historical introduction and extensive commentary on this ubiquitous legal text. The commentary gives additional historical context and discusses Latin terminology. A second edition appeared in 1865. Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 5:132. OCLC locates 5 copies of this title in North American law libraries (Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, University of Victoria, Social Law, State of Oregon Law Library).
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