1500 Imprint of Gratian's Epoch-Making Decretum [Gratian the Canonist (c.1090-c.1145)]. [Johannes Teutonicus (d.1253), Glossator]. [Bartolomeo da Brescia (d.1258),Glossator]. [Brant, Sebastian (1458-1521), Editor]. Decretum Gratiani, Qui Decreta Patru[m] Lector Studiose Cupiscis: Correctu[m] Inge[n]ti Prorsus ab Arte Librum: Multa hic ex Om[n]i Q[ua]drantia Parte Decora: Et Lectu Invenies Digna: Et Amena Quide[m]. Plura Novata Etia[m]: Supaddita Plura: Notata Margine: Que Poteris Lector Amare. Vale. [Basel: Johann Froben and Johann Amerbach, 1 July 1500].  ff. Leaves  and  blank. Collation: Aa-Bb6, a-f8, g6, h-z8, [et]8, A-Z8, AA-SS8. Woodcut illustration of Gratian in his study on verso of leaf Bb6. Text in parallel columns surrounded by linear gloss. Quarto (8-1/2" x 6"). Near-contemporary paneled pigskin, later vellum repair to fore-edges, raised bands and renewed lettering pieces to spine, endpapers renewed. Light soiling and a few small wormholes to boards, light rubbing to extremities, spine ends bumped, small hole to head of front joint, rear joint just starting at ends, later bookplate (of Eugen von Maucler, dated 1839) and small library bookplate to front pastedown, rear free endpaper lacking. Main text up to 56 lines, commentary up to 67 lines. Printed throughout in red and black Gothic type. Light toning to interior, occasional small wormholes to text block, no loss to legibility, cracks in text block between leaf Aa6-Bb1 and RR8-SS1 and a few partial cracks, all leaves secure, printing flaw and small tear to leaf K2, small tear and hole to fore-edge of leaves R1-S8 just touching text in a few places, early underlining and annotations to a few leaves, struck-through annotation to title page. $9,500. * The Concordia Discordantia Canonum, or as it is better known, the Decretum Gratiani, is the cornerstone of modern canon law. The first work of its kind, it was compiled by Gratian, a monk, professor, later Bishop of Chiusi, around 1140. Correctly regarded as the father of Canon law, he used the latest scholastic and juristic techniques from Bologna, he attempted to harmonize the disparate legal texts that had accumulated throughout the history of the Church. Like the Corpus Juris Civilis in the stu.
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