An Edition Known for Its Excellent Typography, This Copy Has a Hand-Colored Title Page Justinian I [483-565 CE], Emperor of the East. [Lewisohn, Adolph (1849-1938)]. Corpus Juris Civilis. Quo Continentur Institutionum Libri Quatuor, et Digestorum Sive Pandectarum Libri Quinquaginta. Amsterdam: Johannes Blaeu and Louis and Daniel Elzevier, 1663, 1664. Two volumes, each with title page and individual pagination. Volume I preceded by handsome copperplate allegorical title page. [xxiv], 1037, ; 820,  pp. Main text in double columns. Octavo (7-3/4" x 4-3/4"). Contemporary paneled vellum, raised bands to spine, fragments of ties to fore-edges of boards, edges rouged, endpapers renewed. Some darkening, moderate rubbing to extremities, minor scuff to rear board, corners lightly bumped, front hinge cracked, later owner inscription (dated 1923) to front free endpaper. Moderate toning to interior, faint dampstaining to margins in a few places, chips and minor tears to a few leaves, light soiling and edgewear to preliminaries and final few leaves, underlining and annotations to several leaves and endleaves in contemporary and later hands, later hand-coloring to allegorical title page. $500. * Commissioned by the Emperor Justinian in 530 CE, the body of writings known collectively as the Corpus Juris Civilis reformed, restated and preserved early Roman law. Its subsequent influence on European jurisprudence is difficult to underestimate. According to Willems, this edition is renowned for its excellent typography. Our copy appears to have been annotated by two students. The annotations are mostly glosses of the text or summaries. Willems, Les Elzevier: Histoire et Annales Typographiques 1323.
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