Title: Pragmatica Sanctio, 7 July 1438, 1488
Author: King Charles VIII; Cosme Guymier
Publisher: Lyon, Nicolaus Philippi, 6 September 1488
Condition: Very Good
A late 15th century edition of King Charles VIII’s Pragamatic Sanctions of Bourges, originally issued in 1438. This decree established the liberties of the Gallican Church, and additionally restricted the rights of the Pope and the Papal States in France, in many cases making the pope’s jurisdiction subject to the will of the king. The decree was ultimately revoked by Louis XI in 1461, but reasserted now and then, ultimately being overtaken by the Concordant of Bologna in 1516.
This incunable is rubricated throughout in red, with one detailed initial in blue and red to the beginning, and the printer’s woodcut in red to the final text leaf. There are several handwritten annotations to the first of the first and final leaf, and a few scattered annotations throughout.
10 leaves are lacking, including quire k, leaf t2, and the final blank.
One finely bound volume in small quarto, 182 of 192 leaves
This volume is in very good shape, with some rubbing and wear to the binding. There is some staining to the lower margins, and scattered staining in several other sections, though heavier to the last leaf. There is some worming to the last 30 leaves or so, affecting the outer and inner margins, with some letter loss. Leaf v4 is lacking a small portion of the upper blank margin.