Amsterdam: Johannes Blaeu, Louis and Daniel Elzevier, 1664. Hardcover. Near Fine. Two volumes in one. , 1037, ; , 820,  pp. 8vo., 195 x 116 mm, bound in contemporary German pigskin, remains of two ties at fore-edge, edges stained red. Amsterdam: Johannes Blaeu, Louis and Daniel Elzevier, 1664. Editio Nova, Prioribus Correctior. A fine edition of the most comprehensive digest of Roman legislation, the basis for all modern civil law. The work was first compiled by order of the Byzantine Emperor Justinian I, and the first three parts, The Institutes, Pandects and Codex, appeared between 529 and 535. A fourth part, the Novellae, was added subsequently, containing a collection of Imperial legislation up to the year 565. After a four century lull in classical scholarship, the eleventh century witnessed a revival of interest in Roman law in western Europe. Copies of the Corpus again began to be copied in great abundance as they had been when the work was first compiled in the sixth century, and the work certainly acted as a guide to the foundation of modern national legal systems throughout Europe. The title itself, "Corpus Juris Civilis," was a sixteenth century application. The full page engraved title page, in contemporary hand-colouring, shows a portrait of Justinian surrounded by allegorical figures, with Justice at the top. The present copy also contains copious manuscript notes in a contemporary hand. (Inventory #: D14599)
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