Title: Imperatoris Iustiniani Institutionum libri IIII; Bound with Texte des coustumes de la prevoste et vicomte de Paris; Bound with Ordonnance de Louis XIV. Roy de France et de Navarre.Donnee a Saint-Germain-en-Laye, au mois d'avril 1669, 1641/1668/1667
Author: Justinian, Imperium Byzantinum Imperator I; Antonius Contius
Publisher: Amsterdami, ex officina Blaviorium; A Paris, Denys Thierry; A Paris, les Associez
Condition: Very Good
A rather interesting sammelband of several prominent works of law, being three works bound in a full calf binding, with clasps and gilt on the board edges.
Firstly, is a mid 17th century edition of the Institutes of Justinian, being a unit 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. With this in mind, Justinian's Institutes were to be a textbook for new students, covering "persons", "things", and "actions".
The first index is present, though the Index verborum is lacking.
The second bound work is a mid 17th century edition of Text of the customs of the prevoste and viscount of Paris.
The third and final work is the 1667 Ordinance of Louis XIV, "on the act of Water and Forests" having been drafted at the instigation of Jean-Baptiste Colbert, who served as First Minister of State. It aimed to protect and restore wood, oak in particular, for future shipbuilding. The Ordinance brought together and clarified older regulations. In fact, the modern French forest code is its direct heir.
Legal matters did not escape Louis' attention during his reign, as was reflected in the numerous "Great Ordinances" he enacted. Pre-revolutionary France was a stitched mess of legal systems, with as many legal customs as there were provinces, and two co-existing legal traditions—traditional law in the northern regions, and classical Roman civil law in the south.
The table is lacking from this final work.
Worldcat records only 26 existing copies of this edition of Imperatoris Iustiniani, although there is no existing sammelband such as this.
One volume in 24mo, 355+(6), 156, (6)+272 pages
On note of condition, this sammelband is in very good shape, with minor rubbing and wear to the boards. There is very little foxing and staining throughout. As indicated, an index and table are lacking.