Title: Codicis Dn. Iustiniani Sacratissimi Principis PP. A. Ex Repetia Prælectione, Lib. XII. Ex Codicis Theodosiani, & veterum exemplarium collatione innumeris mendis repurgati, & perpetuis notis illustrati, L. Russardo I.C. auctore; Bound with Iuris Studiosis, 1567
Author: Justinian, Imperium Byzantinum Imperator I; Antonius Contius
Publisher: Antverpiae, ex officina Christophori Plantini
A 16th century Plantin Press edition of the eighth of twelve volumes of the Corpus Juris Civilis, otherwise known as the Code of Justinian. It is a collection of fundamental works in jurisprudence, issued from 529 to 534 by order of Justinian I, Byzantine Emperor. Consisting of three main parts, the Code was meant to be the sole source of law in the Byzantine Emperor, making reference to any other sources forbidden, although Justinian later found himself enacting more laws, culminating in a fourth part of the Code.
Though separate from the Eastern Roman Empire, the Code eventually made its way to Western Europe with its own revival in the Middle Ages, with it being loosely adapted for private law. With the revival of Roman law in Europe, the Code served to become the foundation of law in all civil law jurisdictions. It also heavily influenced the canon law of the Catholic Church. Even today, the Code continues to bear a heavy influence among international law, with the four parts continuing to serve as the foundations of Western legal traditional.
This work is additionally bound with Antonius Contius’s Law Students, being a massive calendar, or in this case a list of various consuls, along with a chronological table at the end.
This volume is bound in a blind embossed pigskin binding of the period over wooden covers, with indistinct roll stamp imagery of various figured along the borders, both front and back. There are two tooled central panels as well, though the figures are hard to discern. The printer initials have been partially obscured, with only an M present.
One pigskin volume in octavo, 603 pages
On note of condition, this volume is in good shape, with rubbing and wear to the boards to the extent where the tooling has lost some of its features, along with staining to the front and back. There is minor foxing and staining throughout.