An Important Compilation of Hungarian Customary Law [Werboczi, Istvan (1465-1531)]. [Szentivanyi, Marton (1633-1705)]. Corpus Juris Hungarici, Seu Decretum Generale Inclyti Regni Hungariae, Partiumque Eidem Annexarum in Duos Tomos Distinctum. Buda: Typis Regiae Universitatis, 1779. [xvi], 878; 498, 229 pp. Folio (14-1/4" x 8-1/2"). Contemporary mottled sheep, blind tooling, volume numbers and lettering pieces to spines, marbled endpapers, edges rouged. Moderate rubbing to boards and extremities, faint dampstaining and a few scuffs, nicks and minor cracks to boards, which are starting to separate at ends but secure, chipping to spine ends, corners bumped and worn, front free endpaper of Vol. II creased and detaching at head but secure, ownership signature to its front endleaf. Vol. I title page printed in red and black, text in two columns, woodcut printer's devices and headpieces. Light toning to interior, occasional light foxing and faint (often very faint) dampstaining, adhesive residue to leaf Q1 (pp. 121-122) causing it to tear and partially adhere to following leaf with resulting offsetting and loss to legibility. $850. * The Corpus Juris Hungarici consists of the Tripartitum, the first distillation of Hungarian customary law, the Cynosura, its separate accompanying indices, and Hungarian statutes issued after the Tripartitum in 1517. The first compilation to use the title Corpus Juris Hungarici was published in 1696 by Marton Szentivanyi; later editions, such as ours, also include the Praxis Criminalis of Ferdinand III. Though later editions were known to be defective, the Corpus Juris Hungarici maintained its authority by frequent use in the courts and provided the basis of Hungarian law until 1848. OCLC locates 6 copies of this edition in North American law libraries (Yale, University of Miami, Northwestern, Indiana University, University of Michigan, UC-Berkeley). Not in the British Museum Catalogue.
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