Corpus Iuris [Juris] Civilis a Dio Gothofredo I C Recognitum.
by Justinian I; Godefroy, Denis
1598. Early Godefroy Edition of the Corpus Juris Civilis Justinian I (483-565 CE), Emperor of the East. Godefroy, Denis] [1549-1622], Editor. Corpus Iuris [Juris] Civilis A Dio. Gothofredo I.C. Recognitum. [Geneva]: Excudebat G. Laemarius Impensis Haer. Eust. Vignon & I. Chouet, 1598. [xxxvi] pp., 1882 cols.;  pp., 872, 614 cols.,  pp. Main text in parallel columns. Two volumes in one book, each with title pageand individual pagination. Quarto (8-1/4" x 5"). Contemporary paneled pigskin, raised bands and early hand-lettered titles to spine and fore-edge, ties lacking. Soiled, a few minor inkstains, moderate rubbing to extremities, wear to top-edge of rear board, a few short tears to head of spine, corners bumped and worn, a few minor wormholes to binding, hinges cracked. Title pages printed within woodcut architectural borders, first title page printed in red and black, woodcut head and tail-pieces. Moderate toning and light foxing, faint dampstining to margins of some leaves, light soiling to tile page, some edgewear to preliminaries and rear endleaves. Later ownership markings and signatures to front endleaves, early owner signature to head of title page, small later owner stamp to foot. An appealing copy of an important edition. * Later printing of this landmark annotated critical edition, first published in 1583. Godefroy was a jurist, humanist, historian, scholar of Roman law and professor at the Universities of Geneva and Heidelberg. He was also the first to apply the collective name Corpus Juris Civilis to Justinian's works on Roman law, which consists of the four books of the Institutes, the fifty books of the Digest, the twelve books of the Code and the Novels. This imprint is misleadingly designated the second Godefroy edition. It is actually the second Godefroy edition by Laemarius. It is not listed in Adams or the British Museum Catalogue. (Inventory #: 65825)
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