An Impressive, Alphabetically Digested Synthesis of Divine Law Montholon, Jean de [d.1528]. Promptuarium Divini Iuris et Utriusq[ue] Humani, Pontificii & C[a]esarei Celebriores Eiusdem Divini Iuris, & Historias / & Sententias, Humanis Iuribus Tum Annotatas Tum Elucidatas, Sub Alphabetia Serie Complectens. Paris: In Aedibus Henrici Stephani [and Simon de Colines], 1520. 2 volumes in 1. [vi], CCCCX, ; CCCXXXI,  ff. Lacking final blank. Folio (12" x 8-1/4"). Later (nineteenth-century) quarter sheep over marbled boards, gilt spine with raised bands and lettering piece, patterned edges, endpapers renewed. Moderate rubbing, scuffing and faint dampstaining to boards, somewhat heavier rubbing to extremities, joints discreetly mended with calf at head, light wear to board edges, corners reinforced, hinges cracked, vertical crease to front free endpaper. First title page printed within woodcut border with personifications of divine, canon and civil law, occasional woodcut initials throughout, main text surrounded by linear gloss. Moderate toning to interior, dampstain to upper gutter causing reoccurring tearing throughout text block, affecting legibility of a few leaves of first index and, occasionally, side notes, occasional faint dampstaining, somewhat heavier to last quarter of text block, light foxing and soiling in a few places, first several leaves, second title page and final leaf neatly reinforced at gutter, negligible light worming to lower right corner of last forty or so leaves, clean tears to fore and bottom edges of final leaf neatly mended on verso not affecting text. Early annotations, underlining and manicules throughout text in at least two hands, many annotations affected by trimming at fore-edge. An impressive volume. $2,500. * Only edition. Montholon was a French priest and highly regarded ecclesiastical and legal scholar appointed cardinal by Pope Clement VIII. Promptuarium Divini Iuris, dedicated to his four brothers, is an alphabetically digested guide to divine law with extensive linear glosses. It was the first work printed by French Renaissance printer Simon de Colines, who inherited Henri Estienne's shop after the latter's death in 1520. The mention of Colines in the final dedicatory leaf is the first recorded appearance of his name in print (Schreiber). The annotations to.
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