Title: Sextus Decretalium Liber a Bonifacio VIII in Concilio Lugdunensi Editus. Cum Glossematum Divisionibus que ex Novella Ioannis Andree Suis sunt Locis Passim Apposite. Interpretamentis Domini Helie & Dominici de Sancto Geminiano. Casibus Litteralibus Summulis Regulis in Ris Cesarei ac Tabulis quam Optimis. Multarum Glossarum Castigatione. Additione in Margine Litterarum quo Minusculi Characteres Lineis Intercepti Clarius Appareant. Liber Clementinarum cum Additionibus Zabarelle & Ioannis de Ymola. Extrauagantes XX d. Ioannis XXII cum Glosis. Extravagantes Communes cum Glosis. Constitutiones Concilii Florentini sub Domino Eugenio Papa IIII Super Unione Grecorum Armenorum & Iacobinorum. Bulla Iulij II de Electione Romani Pontificis..., 1514
Author: Pope Boniface VIII; Girolamo Chiari; Pope Clement V; Domenico da San Gimignano
Publisher: Venezia, per Lucantonio I Giunta
Condition: Very Good
An early 16th century edition of Pope Boniface VIII’s Decretals, titled the Sixth Book of Decrees, or Liber Sextus Decretalium, as it builds on the five-volume Decretals of Gregory IX, this edition printed by Lucantonio Giunta the First. The collection was compiled under order of Boniface VIII by Guillaume de Mandagot, Bishop of Embrun, Berenger Fredoli, Bishop of Beziers, and Ricardo Petroni, of Siena, vice-chancellor of the pope. Just like the Decretals of Gregory IX, the Liber Sextus is also comprised of five books, but also adds an additional 86 rules of law.
The text is printed throughout in red and black, in a gothic font. There are two full page woodcuts, displaying the Arbor Consanguinitatis (a tree-like table designed to show a family’s genealogy), and the Arbor Affinitatis (a matrix of a person's in-laws and step-children). This edition has been profusely illustrated, with over 200 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 is one notable woodcut depicting a magician cleric. 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.
Leaf AA7, OO1-2, and CCC1 are lacking
Five parts finely bound into one vellum volume in quarto, CCLXXXVII of CCLXXXVIII+ CXVIII of CXX+ LXIII of LXIIII+LXIIII+XI leaves
This volume is in very good shape, with minor rubbing and wear to the binding, with some chipping and lacking’s to the head of the spine. The first two leaves show signs of restoration. There is some foxing and staining throughout, heavier to the title page.