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Colophon, Pontano's Singularia iuris 1471
With this final installment on our earliest printed books, we will have covered all the early centers of printing in Italy: Rome, Naples, and now Venice. Printing came to...
Dominicus de Sancto Geminiano's Super secunda parte sexti libri decretalium (Rome: Adam   Rot, 1471)
The third of Yale Law Library’s four books from 1471 is a canon law commentary: Dominicus de Sancto Geminiano’s Super secunda parte sexti libri decretalium (Rome...
Albericus de Maletis, Tractatus seu apparatus de testibus (ca. 1471), colophon
Continuing with a review of the earliest printed books in the Yale Law Library, we move from Strassburg in 1471 to Naples, and a printer who learned his craft in Strassburg....
Gratian's Decretum (Strassburg, 1471)
A frequent question from visitors is “What is your oldest book?”. For printed books, there are four contenders for the distinction. All of them were printed in 1471,...
Rare law books often contain much more than meets the eye. Their value lies partly in their individual and particular histories, and the physical features and contexts which...
Abbreviamentum statutorum (London, 1481)
Of all the outstanding books we acquired from the collection of Anthony Taussig (see our previous post), one has special importance: an abridgment of statutes considered to...
Fragment: Aquinas’s Commentary on the Metaphysics Date: c. 1375-1475 Found in: Barbier, Jean. Viatorium utriusque iuris. [Strassburg: Johann Pruss, 1493.] The...
Fragment: Sermon (Italy or Germany) Date: c. 1325-1475 Found in: Bottoni, Bernardo. Casus longi super quinque libros decretalium. [Basel: Michael Wenssler, not after 1479...
Fragment: Legendary (Italy) Date: c. 975-1075 Found in: Rolandinus, de Passageriis. Flos testamentorum. Padua: Matheus Cerdonis, 1482. From the earliest days of...
  Fragment: Epistolary (Northern France) Date: c. 1175-1250 Found in: Bartolomeo, da Brescia. Casus Decretorum. Basel: Nicolaus Kessler, 1489. The parchment used here as a...

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