Rare 1486 Reference Companion to the Canonist Known as the "Lamp of the Law" Corsetti, Antonio [c.1450-1503]. [Tudeschis, Niccolo de, (Abbas Panoramitanus) (1386-1445)]. [Repertorium in Opera Nicolai de Tudeschis]. [Venice: Andreas Torresanus, c.September 17, 1486].  leaves, lacking 3 blank leaves, a1 and X5-6. Collation: a-d8, e10, f-k8, l10, m-O8, OO6, P-T8, U-X6. Large folio (16-1/2" x 11"; 42 x 28 cm). Recent calf over wooden boards with remaining original blind-tooled calf laid down, raised bands to spine, two original brass clasps, recent straps, endleaves renewed. Fragment of paper label to front board, a few small nicks to corners and raised bands. Text in Gothic type in two 66/67-line columns with capital spaces and guide letters, large illuminated initial in red and blue, text finely rubricated with capitals in red ink, rubrication signed "F. RS" below colophon. Light toning to interior, more moderate to a few pages, occasional light worming to margins and corners reinforced with archival tape in a few places, occasional faint dampstaining to bottom edge and gutters affecting text only on last few leaves, lower corners and gutters of first several leaves and a few others mended, light soiling and finger smudges in a few places, slight crack to text block between ff.  and . $20,000. * First edition of this important and finely printed reference work. Tudeschi, a Benedictine canonist from Sicily, earned his doctorate in canon law at the University of Bologna. Also known as Panormitanus for his position as archbishop of Palermo, he taught at the Universities of Siena, Parma and Bologna. "It was his canonical works, especially his 'Lectura in Decretales' 'In Sextum,' and 'In Clementinas,' that won him the title of 'lucerna juris' (lamp of the law) and insured him great authority" (Catholic Encyclopedia). The present volume is a comprehensive reference companion to Tudeschi's works, organized alphabetically in the form of a dictionary. Corsetti, also a lecturer at the University of Bologna, was highly respected as a canonist and appointed by Pope Alexander VI to the Sacra Roman Rota in 1500. "This table of contents, made in Bologna 1486, is his best work and makes the writings of Panormitanus accessible" (Schulte). The printer of our edition, Andreas Torresanus de Asula [1451-1529], was the father-in-law.
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