Title: Decretum Gratiani. Cum glossis Ioannis Theutonici et annotationibus prepositi alberitatensis: & annotationibus Bartholomei Brixiensis. Divisionibus Archidiaconi. Casibus a Bene, compositis per Bartholomaeum Brixiensem correctis & pro clariore intellectu pluribus in locis extensis. Concordia ad Bibliam. Tabula marginalium glossularum omnium canonum et conciliorum. Margarita decreti. Flosculis totius decreti a domino Ioanne Diacono compositis. Additione in margine litterarum quo minuscoli characteres lineis intercepticitius legenti appareant, 1514
Author: Guido de Baysio; Bartolomeo da Brescia; Benincasa da Siena; Gratianus
Publisher: Venezia, impressit Lucantonio I Giunta
Condition: Very Good
An early 16th century edition of Gratian’s Decretum Gratiani, also known as Concordia discordantium canonum, or Concordantia discordantium canonum, or just the Decretum, a collection of canon law first compiled and written in the 12th century as a legal textbook. It served as the main source of law by canonists until the Decretals of Pope Gregory IX in 1234. This edition has been printed by Lucantonio Giunta the First.
The text is printed throughout in red and black, in a gothic font. There is one full page woodcut, displaying the Arbor Affinitatis (a matrix of a person's in-laws and step-children). This edition has been profusely illustrated, with over 120 in-text woodcuts (most quarter page, with a few half page examples), displaying varying scenes from religious history, officials at work, court scenes, and criminal being punished. There are also numerous woodcut initials.
Giunta was a member of the famed Florentine Giunti family of printers, which he first established in Venice, printing under his own name in 1489. Roughly 30 members of the family became printers or booksellers, with a press established in Florence from 1497, which became one of the leading printing firms. By 1550, the Giunti family had bookstores or warehouses in cities across several countries, and numerous agencies across the Italian Peninsula. Not surprisingly, the Venetian press of the Giunti family was the most active publisher and exporter of liturgical texts in Catholic Europe.
The last table leaf is lacking, with the loss of a full-page woodcut. Leaf CCCCCXCIV is lacking, being the Arbor Consanguinitatis. Two index leaves are lacking.
One finely bound vellum volume in quarto, (37 of 38)+ CCCCCCLI of CCCCCCLII+(74 of 76) leaves
This volume is in very good shape, with minor rubbing and wear to the binding, with minor chipping and peeling to the spine. The title page has been heavily restored, with repairs to the second leaf. The last leaf has been repaired and mounted. There is some foxing and staining throughout.