[Corpus juris civilis – Digesta Iustiniani] Digestum vetus (with the Glossa ordinaria of Accursius and Summaria of Hieronymus Clarius)

JUSTINIAN I (482-565 AD) – TORTIS, Baptista de (fl. 1485)

Published by Baptista de Tortis, 1494
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(31 Oct. 1494 [but usually dated about 1495-96]). Folio (390 x 270mm). Collation: a-z, [inverted 2], [reversed C], [Jupiter], A-R(8), S-T(6). 356 ff., two columns surrounded by two columns of glosses, 71 to 82 lines, printed in black and red (rubrics and paragraph marks), printed guide letters. Contemporary blind stamped pigskin over beveled oak boards, straps and clasps, all edges blue, five raised bands, spine label reading "Digestum Vetus Tom. I" (complete as part one). Contemporary Latin marginalia in these early law printings is not rare and this copy was likely in the possession of students. Bookseller's ticket "A. Durand" of Paris on front pastedown. Inscribed with surname "Schwarz" in red pencil on front pastedown. Stamp of the New York Bar Association on title. Some edgewear and light soiling, slight marginal worming or paper repairs, but overall fresh and sound copy. ISTC# ij00552000; Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke Index (07672). The Digests of Justinian were first printed in Perugia, by Clayn, in 1476 and again over the next year in Venice by Rubeus. This printer, Baptista de Tortis, was well-established in Venice and specialized in juridical texts. He took on the first Justinian printings for the "Digestum vetus" in 1488, then again in 1490 and 1492 (both with the same glossators as in this copy). This is the reissued copy by Tortis, produced in Venice in 1494 and printed in an edition limited to 1,500 copies. One more of the Digests under this title would be issued by Tortis in 1498, but one two separate dates in October. In the fifteenth century the whole of Justinian’s Digests (or Pandects) were divided into three parts, the "Digestum Vetus," the "Infortiatum,"and the "Digestum Novum." This copy is the complete part one, the "Digestum Vetus," in the traditional division. Baptista de Tortis also printed part two, the "Infortiatum," in 1488, 1491, 1495, twice in 1497-98, and 1500. Part three, the "Digestum novum," was printed by Tortis in 1487-88, 1491, and 1494. Tortis is renowned for his beautiful incunable productions; this copy printed in a distinctly balanced red and black amid the ample glossed text of Accursius. The famous glossator was largely responsible for the renovation of Roman law, relayed here to an early modern audience. The Digests of Justinian were first printed in Perugia, by Clayn, in 1476 and again over the next year in Venice by Rubeus. This printer, Baptista de Tortis, was well-established in Venice and specialized in juridical texts. He took on the first Justinian printings for the "Digestum vetus" in 1488, then again in 1490 and 1492 (both with the same glossators as in this copy). This is the reissued copy by Tortis, produced in Venice in 1494 and printed in an edition limited to 1,500 copies. One more of the Digests under this title would be issued by Tortis in 1498, but one two separate dates in October. In the fifteenth century the whole of Justinian’s Digests (or Pandects) were divided into three parts, the "Digestum Vetus," the "Infortiatum,"and the "Digestum Novum." This copy is the complete part one, the "Digestum Vetus," in the traditional division. Baptista de Tortis also printed part two, the "Infortiatum," in 1488, 1491, 1495, twice in 1497-98, and 1500. Part three, the "Digestum novum," was printed by Tortis in 1487-88, 1491, and 1494. Tortis is renowned for his beautiful incunable productions; this copy printed in a distinctly balanced red and black amid the ample glossed text of Accursius. The famous glossator was largely responsible for the renovation of Roman law, relayed here to an early modern audience. Bookseller Inventory # SAV112


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Title: [Corpus juris civilis – Digesta Iustiniani] ...

Publisher: Baptista de Tortis

Publication Date: 1494

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

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