Influential Compilation of Byzantine Law Harmenopoulos, Konstantinos [d. c. 1380] Mercier, Jean [1545-1600], Translator and Editor. Godefroy, Denis [1549-1621], Editor and Annotator. Procheiron Nomon Konstantinou tou Harmenopoulou/Promptuarium Iuris, Constantino Harmenopulo Authore. Interprete Ioanne Mercero. Dionysij Gothofredi J. C. Paratitla ad Singulos Constantini Harmenopuli Titulos. Variarum Lectionum Libellus ad Eundem Authorem, Nomenclator Graecarum Dictionum Iuris, Ad Eundem Harmenopulum. [First part of title, in Greek letters, Romanized.] [Geneva]: Apud Guillelmum Laemarium, 1587. [viii], 495, , 413-453,  pp. Greek and Latin translation in parallel columns. Quarto (10" x 6-1/2"). Contemporary or near-contemporary calf, large central arabesque and corner fleurons to boards, raised bands and blind ornaments to spine. Light rubbing and some scuffs, nicks and stains to boards, which are slightly bowed, moderate rubbing to extremities, a few small chips to raised bands and board edges, front joint just starting at head, corners bumped and somewhat worn, hinges cracked, early annotations to front pastedown and title page, which is lightly creased and soiled without loss to legibility. Moderate toning to interior, faint dampstaining in several places, affecting text on first two leaves only, light foxing in a few places, small tear to text block of leaf KKiii (pp. 417-418 of dictionary) with minor loss to legibility, early annotations to pp. 99 and 390, 5 pp. manuscript index to (added?) endleaves in the same hand. An appealing copy. $1,850. * First edition with contributions by Godefroy. Also known as the Hexabible, this digest of Byzantine law was compiled around 1346. After the collapse of the Byzantine Empire it became the code of laws for Orthodox Christians in the Ottoman Empire. It was the civil code of Greece from the time of its independence to 1947. As indicated by its title, the Hexabible has six sections: I. General Principles, II. Property Law, III. Law of Nations, IV. Law Obligations, V. Family Law and Inheritance and VI. Criminal Law. It circulated widely in manuscript and was first published in Paris in 1540. The first Latin translation followed in 1547. The first edition of Mercier's superior translation was published in Lyons in 1556. The 1587 edition is edited by the great humanist.
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