Manuscript copy of Book I of the Institutes of Justinian "Institutionum Civilum" and Commentary copied by Sebastiano Melchiori (1656-1728)

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1704 manuscript copy of Book I of the Institutes of Justinian "Institutionum Civilum" and Commentary copied by Sebastiano Melchiori (1656-1728) Contents are the ‘Institutes of Justinian’ with index for the different tituli, up to XXVI, contents are complete although index lacks the last two tituli, and some quires loose and misplaced. Manuscript in Latin written in black ink in uniform script of Melchiori. 4to (190 x 135mm). [Northern Italy: probably Padua: began in May 1704 and completed in October that same year]. Folios numbered in later ink to p.353, with 8 pages of index. Half-title inscribed "1704 Liber Primus Institutionum Civilum." Title inscribed "Inceptu(m), in.die.i.Mai.1704. subdisciplina .Du.Campanile" in place of printer’s mark and under charming pen illustration of bell tower decorated with flags inscribed "De viriusque juris doctoris" and "Domino Dominico campanile." The campanile was the name for the bell tower attached to the churches and town halls in Italy (from campana, a bell). The title also with ownership inscription of Melchiori. Front free endpaper and pastedown with inscriptions in Italian. Two colophons, first colophon after p. 140, "Anno Domini 1704 Die Octavo Septembris sub disciplina viriusq(ue) juris Doctoris Dominici Campanilis a me Sebastiano Melchiori a Pontelatone Finis datus suit huic 2o libro" and after p.353, "Anno Domini 1704 Die Primo Octobris sub disciplina viriusq(ue) juris Doctoris Dominici Campanilis a me Sebastiano Melchiori a Pontelatone Finis datus suit huic 2o libro." Contemporary vellum bound codex, ms. title to spine "Institutionem Civilum," lightly worn, few stains. "Justice is the set and constant purpose which gives to every man his due" –Justinian, Book I, Title I Sebastiano Melchior of Pontelatone, professor of literature and seminary student in Padua, taught Greek and Latin at the university. The manuscript appears to have been copied in a Seminary environment, and an early owner or assistant to Melchiori signed the upper margins of some quires "J.M. Joseph." This manuscript copy was likely undertaken as part of Melchiori’s studies towards a Doctoris Juris. The Institutes of Justinian were intended as sort of legal textbook for law schools and included extracts from the two major works the Codex Justinianus (529) and the Digest, or Pandects, issued in 533. All three parts, even the textbook, were given force of law. They were intended to be, together, the sole source of law; reference to any other source, including the original texts from which the Codex and the Digest had been taken, was forbidden. Bookseller Inventory # KK6592

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Title: Manuscript copy of Book I of the Institutes ...

Publisher: probably Padua

Publication Date: 1704