Praxis Rerum Criminalium Iconibus Materiae Subiectae Convenientibus...
Classic Sixteenth-Century Treatise on Criminal Law Illustrated with 68 Large Woodcuts Damhouder (Damhoudere), Josse (Joost) de [1507-1581]. Praxis Rerum Criminalium Iconibus Materiae Subiectae Convenientibus, Pulchrius Quam Unquam Hactenus Recognita atque Illustrata, Multis Quoque in Contextu Doctis Additionibus Locupletata, Praetoribus, Propraetoribus, Consulibus, Proconsulibus, Magistratibus, Reliquisq; Id Genus Iustitiariis ac Officiarijs Apprime Utilis & Necessaria. Antwerp: Apud Ioannem Bellerum, 1562. [xxiv], 467,  pp. 68 woodcut illustrations. Quarto (7-1/2" x 5-1/2"). Near-contemporary paneled pigskin over wooden boards, brass clasps to fore-edges, raised bands, early hand-lettered title and early shelf mark to spine, edges rouged. Light soiling, tiny wormholes to rear board and spine, light rubbing to extremities, head of spine lightly bumped, corners lightly worn, a few partial cracks to text block. Moderate toning to interior, light soiling and faint stains in a few places, clean tears to edges of a few leaves, small spark burn to leaf I1 (pp. 129-130), faint dampstaining to upper corners of pp. 77-80, small wormholes to text block (and rear pastedown) beginning on p. 391, legibility not affected, early annotations to several leaves in miniscule hand, some extensive, several affected by trimming, recent repair to tear at head of title page. A handsome copy. $6,500. * Later edition. First published in 1554, this was the first comprehensive study of criminal procedure published in northern Europe. A synthetic work drawn mostly from Roman-Dutch sources, it was based on Philip Wielant's Practycke Crimineele (1439-1519) and other earlier treatises. Published in Latin, Dutch and French, it was the standard authority throughout the continent for many years. This Antwerp edition from 1562 is illustrated throughout with woodcuts depicting murder, rape, theft, piracy, adultery and other crimes, along with images of trials, torture and related subjects. They are redrawn, often mirror, images of the illustrations attributed to Gerard de Jode in the 1554 Louvain edition. Damhouder was an advisor to the Duke of Burgundy and a prolific author of legal and religious treatises. OCLC locates 8 copies of this edition in North America, 4 in law libraries (George Washington University, Harvard, San Francisco Law Librar.
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