Two 1704 manuscript copies on Canon law and commentaries in Latin copied by Sebastiano Melchiori (1656-1728), Institutes of Canon law with index for the different tituli, Books 1-4

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Title: Two 1704 manuscript copies on Canon law and ...

Publisher: Probably Padua

Publication Date: 1704


Contents are the Institutes of Canon law with index for the different tituli, Books 1-4. Two contemporary vellum bound codices, ms. titles to spine "Institutionem Canonicum Tom 1 et 2" and ". Tom 3 et 4," lightly worn, few stains. Manuscripts in Latin written in black ink in uniform script of Melchiori. 4to (190 x 135mm). [Northern Italy: probably Padua: both volumes October 1704]. Vol. I (2 books in one volume): Half-title inscribed, "1704 Liber Primus Institutionum Canonicarum." Front free endpaper inscribed with Italian sonnet (lacking illustrated title, excised from vol. i). Folios numbered in later ink to 172 and up to 180 are non. num., with 8 pages of index, blank page with pen illustration of personification of sun. Next part of Index (up to XXIX tituli, complete) and commentary. 2 blanks and half title of book two, "1704 Liber secundus Institutionum Canonicarum." Books paginated separately, although not to the end on book two, yet contents are complete and colophon reads, "Anno Domini 1704 Die Primo Octobris sub disciplina viriusq(ue) juris Doctoris Dominici Campanilis a me Sebastiano Melchiori a Pontelatone," plus two pages of index. Vol. II (2 books in one volume, bound or copied out of order): Front free-endpaper inscribed with theological musings in Latin (on the mother of Adam and others). Half-title inscribed, "In librum quartium Institutionum Iuris Canonici Commentaria" amd following is book three. After index, is added half-title "1704 Praxis Judicaria" and 140pp. 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 Melchioriís studies towards a Doctoris Juris. From the 16th-18th centuries there was an emergence of modern systemization in Canon law. The Institutiones iuris canonici, a handbook of canon law, had been regularly edited until the end of the 18th century. This book affiliated to legal humanism and announced a rupture in canonical science. It adopted the tripartite plan "personæ-res-actiones" of the Justinianís Institutes; and aimed to expose the whole of the Latin Church law by excluding civil law. It was organized in books, titles and concise paragraphs as in this copy. This handbook broke with the medieval tradition, which practiced dialectic methodology and inserted the Catholic Church into the great codification movement. Bookseller Inventory # KK6591

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