1525 First Antwerp Edition of William Lyndwood’s "Provinciale;" the glossed Canon Laws of the ecclesiastical province of Canterbury bound with Acton’s glossed Legatine Canons, "Constitutiones legitime" printed in Paris in 1504

LYNDWOOD, William (c. 1375-1446) -- ACTON, John (d. 1350) -- [BADIUS, Josse, ed. (1462-1535)]

Published by Christoffel van Ruremund, 1525
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Prouinciale seu Co[n]stitutiones Anglie: cu[m] summarijs, atq[ue] iustis annotationibus, politissimis caracteribus, summaq[ue] accuratione rursum reuise, atq[ue] impresse. [Antwerp: printed by Christoffel van Ruremund, 1525, per colophon]. [1, title], fo. ii - fo. cclv [i.e. 256], [28] ff. (tabula). Collation: A-HH(8), II(6) KK(8), LL(10), *(2), A-C(8), *(2), D(4), with misfoliation in "II" and the final leaf. Full-page woodcut title with architectural borders, the scene of the Trinity surrounded by martyrs above the earthly church flanked by clerics and royalty. Another, equally fine woodcut beginning the tabula with the scene of St. George slaying the dragon, the Tudor arms of England and France, and the Tudor Rose with the IHS monogram and the legend "Hec rosa virtutis de cello missa sereno Eternum florens regia sceptra ferret." Title and text printed in red and black throughout, numerous woodcut initials with foliation. Very early Tudor-age Latin marginalia, extensive at times. [BOUND WITH:] ACTON, John (d. 1350). Constitutiones legitime seu legatine regionis anglicane: cu[m] subtilissima interpretatione d[omi]ni Johannis de Athon: tripliciq[ue] tabella. Necnon et [con]stitutiones prouinciales ab archiepiscopis Cantuariensibus edite. [Paris]: Wulfgangi Hopilii et p[ro]uissimi bibliopole Joa[n]nis Co[n]flue[n]tini, Anno domini millesimo quingentesimo] [1504]. [xvi], fo. ii- clv ff. Collation: A-B(8), a-e(8), f(10), g-o(8), p(6), q-s(8), t(6), v(6) [-v6, final blank]. Title printed in red and black with full-page woodcut illustration of St. George slaying dragon and woman holding up royal escutcheon with Tudor arms of England and France, while king and queen look on from the castle, printed in red and black, in parallel columns surrounded by two-column linear gloss, divisional title page (f. 1r) of pair of eagles holding up pair of medallions, the upper one crowned, and vignette at head of main text (f. 2v) of enthroned king addressing clerics and courtesans, comparatively fine woodcut criblé initials throughout, some pictorial with fantastic animals and foliage. 20th-century cloth, leather spine labels "LYNDWOOD PROVINCIALE 1525," endpapers renewed; some soiling and chipping at front, hinge cracking and first few leaves holding, lightly toned edges, Contemporary Latin marginalia intermittently trimmed, but still heavy at times, retaining much of its character and worthy of mention. New York Bar Association stamps on titles and pastedown date to 1912 and an unknown 20th-century rubber stamp monogram "KD" on rear pastedown. ESTC (no. S109035) locates nine copies of just the Lyndwood and four of the Acton (no. S104759), although these works were often bound together. William Lyndwood’s "Provinciale" was the first work to compile the church legislation of Canterbury from the time of archbishops Stephen Langton (d. 1228) to Henry Chichele (1362?-1443); it widely regarded as the first authoritative work on canon law of the Church of England. The "Provinciale" was completed in 1433 in manuscript and was first printed at Oxford in 1483. Wynken de Worde made a famous edition with Caxton in London in 1496, increasing the interest in Lyndwood’s work on episcopal canons. This First Antwerp Edition by Christoffel van Ruremund comes twenty-nine years after Wynken de Worde’s and also after two 1501 and 1505 editions in Paris. These continental editions included Lyndwood’s extensive commentary and have an appended second part which comprises the First Edition of John Acton’s glossed work on legatine canons, printed in Paris in 1504. By and large, both works by the prominent English canonists of the late Middle Ages were meant to be read together as they pointed out the importance of recording such ecclesiastical decrees which were specific to English needs. Also, both continental printers here were notorious for supplying titles for an English market. Both are edited by Josse Badius who incorporated comprehensive subject indices and organi. Bookseller Inventory # SAV118

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Title: 1525 First Antwerp Edition of William ...
Publisher: Christoffel van Ruremund
Publication Date: 1525
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: 1st Edition

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