Title: Ius Civile manuscriptorum librorum ope, summa diligentia et integerrima fide infinitis locis emendatum, et perpetuis notis illustratum; Bound with Digestorum seu Pandectarum pars secunda [- quarta], 1567
Author: Justinian, Imperium Byzantinum Imperator I; Louis Roussard; Francois Douaren
Publisher: Antverpiae, ex officina Christophori Plantini
Condition: Very Good
A 16th century Plantin Press edition of the first 4 of 12 volumes making up the Corpus Juris Civilis, edited by Francois Douaren, and Louis Roussard. 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 volume has been bound in vellum, with pleasing yapp edges, and a contemporary inscription on the cover. There are several contemporary notes in the margins as well.
Four volumes bound in one flexible vellum binding, in octavo, (72)+219, 264, 317+(2), 344+(12) pages
On note of condition, this volume is in very good shape, with light wear and some staining to the covers. There is light foxing throughout the volume, with worming that starts from the bottom margin of page 151 of volume four, to the end of the book, though obscuring no text. The cords are lacking.