One of the Earliest Illustrated Law Books, Also the Second Illustrated Book Printed in Basel Tudeschi, Niccolo de, Archbishop (Abbas Panoramitanus) [1386-1445]. [Lectura Super V Libris Decretalium, Parts II and III (of VI)]. [Basel: Berthold Ruppel, Michael Wenssler and Bernard Richel, 1477].  ff. Collation: [a10 (-a1 blank), b8, c-d10, e-h10/8, i-m8/10/ n-v10/8, x8 y10]; [A-D10/8, E-F10, G-I8, K10, L-O8/10, P12, Q-T8, V10]. Lacking blank a1 in the 1st part, otherwise complete. Folio (16" x 11"; 41 x 28 cm). Contemporary Swiss or South-German paneled pigskin, blind-stamped ornaments over heavy wooden boards with beveled edges, fragments of clasps and catches to fore-edges, early hand-lettered title to front board, raised bands and fragments of later shelf labels to spine. Worm holes, light soiling and staining to boards, spine darkened, moderate rubbing to extremities, chipping to spine ends, wear to corners, dampstaining to fore-edge of text block at foot, minor worming to pastedowns, hinges exposed, recent annotations to front pastedown, elaborate calligraphic owner note dated 1490 of a German or Swiss legal scholar "Georg (?)Karresser, Doctor of Canon Law and Dean" accompanied by a drawing (in red and dark-brown) of a middle-aged bearded man, possibly Karresser, his right hand on the hilt of a sheathed sword, "1490" below in recent hand. 60-line gothic type in parallel columns, signatures [b-i, m-v, C-S] printed in Ruppel's type, the rest in Wenssler's type, partially colored large woodcut of a judge (or law professor) flanked by attendants, one presenting him with a document, above the beginning of the text (a2r), old (18th-century?) German institutional stamp, with a deaccession stamp next to it at foot, volume rubricated throughout in contemporary hand with paragraph marks in red, capital spaces (with printed guides) filled by the contemporary rubricator with lombard initials in red (a few with intricate penwork). The rubricator also supplied a hand-drawn border in red ink around the colophon on [y10v] with intricate penwork. Colophon to recto of the final leaf of the first part (y10v); second part without colophon (as issued), underlining and annotations to margins of several leaves, possibly by Karresser. Light toning to interior, several, gradually diminishing, worm holes, mostly to the margins of the o.
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