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1 UNKNOWN SCRIVENER 1525 ORIGINAL ANCIENT MANUSCRIPT OF CIVIL LAW: 'CORPUS IURIS CIVILIS OF JUSTINIAN'
LOMBARDY ITALY 1525 Original Vellum Good+ Latin 
On offer is an ancient, very charming and even beautiful, manuscript relic of early civil law and legal procedure, bound in vellum, being the "Corpus Iuris Civilis of Justinian", the Digesta [Digests or Pandects] Books 1 through 38 in condensed form. [All titular headings from 1.1.0 through 38.17.0 with each followed by an abbreviated explanation of the premise. In some instances may also have portions of subsections such as 1.5.6. The text does not contain the elaborations of Ulpianus, Pomponius, Florentinus or their like.] Justinian the Great "Justice is the constant and perpetual wish to render to everyone his due" was the Roman Emperor of Byzantine Constantinople from 527 to 565. He was the last Roman Emperor to speak Latin as his first language. He tried to revive the greatness of the empire by reconquering the lost western half of the classical Roman Empire, achieving only partial success in this, although he did retake the city of Rome. But probably his most enduring legacy was the uniform rewriting of Roman law, the Corpus Iuris Civilis, which is still the basis for much civil law in many modern states and with which this volume is concerned. Dated October 30, 1525, handwritten in one humanist hand, this version appears to be a synopsis of the first 38 books of the Digesta and may have been used as a primer for a law student or as is more likely in this case given the marginalia a reference by a civil authority such as a lawyer or civil magistrate. On the spine is the word "Castaldus". Castaldus [Gastaldo in Italian] was also a term for a Lombardy official in charge of some portion of a demesne (a gastaldia or castaldia) with civil, martial and juridical powers. When Lombardy submitted to a codified Roman law, the term came to be used as a reference for civil magisterial matters. Another possiblility is this was owned by a Restaurus Castaldus, an Italian civil lawyer, d. 1564, and known to be the author of published book: "De imperatore, in Tractatus universi iuris", or this book may possibly be a redaction or some other volume of the same Castaldus by another hand. [This book offers a wonderful research opportunity for the right researcher!] Description: CASTALDUS, 1525, Italy. Cover of limp vellum (148x 119x 20mm) Held by two leather straps through the spine to under the covers. Small section of cover on spine is missing. 124 leaves of linen rag paper, 140 x105mm, the first and last blank. 122 paginated folios; 1-109, CX-CXXII. Collation; i + I (13)[13 a singleton] + II(16) + III(15) [39 a singleton] + IV(15) [51 a singleton] +V(16) + VI(15) [90 a singleton] + VII(16) + i. COMPLETE. 243 pages of text. Dated on recto of f.CXXII October 30, 1525, verso blank. The pages have 15 lines in brown ink written in an elegant Humanist Bookhand with italic traits, a few initials with minor flourishes near the beginning, and marginal notations. Folios 73-79 some ink smear from damp stain, f.74-75 stuck together in center toward spine. Folios 107-CXXII with spill stain over one half of page. In all instances the text is legible. The book is in unusually good condition for it's nearly five hundred years of life, although it naturally shows appropriate signs of age and use and there is some brittleness to the cover. Overall G+. 
Price: 9985.99 USD
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2 UNKNOWN SCRIVENER 1750 SUPERB ORIGINAL FRENCH ROMAN CATHOLIC BOOK OF PIETY, PRAYERS AND MEDITATIONS HANDWRITTEN IN A STUNNING CALLIGRAPHIC HAND
France 1750 Very Good French Manuscript 
On offer is a superb, ancient, original French Roman Catholic manuscript relic being a handwritten book titled: Exercise de Piete tires de l'Ecriture Sainte - Reflexions et Prieres sur Differens Sujets. A testament to the art of the scribe the book is dated 1750 the 543 page book of exercises in piety and prayers and meditations on different subjects is beautifully done in a fine calligraphic hand and beautiful embellishments in gold and gilt throughout. Stunning and very well kept with hardly a blemish save for some rubbing to the leather cover and some small splits to the foot of the spine. Overall VG. 
Price: 2255.99 USD
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3 UNKNOWN SCRIVENER 1872 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT HOMAGE TO A CHRISTIAN SAINT AND PATRON OF THE BOSTON MASONIC COMMANDRY
BOSTON MASSACHUSETTS MASS 1872 Good+ Manuscript 
On offer is a super, original manuscript relic of Masonic history being: an 1872 bound handwritten manuscript book titled: 'Epitomy of the Life of Saint Bernard', Compiled and respectfully dedicated to St. Bernard Commandery Boston, Mass. By Sir John W. Moore, Chief Engineer, U. S. N 1872 [First Edition]. The 30 page manuscript was read at a regular meeting of St Bernard Commandery 9th October 1872. There is a bookplate of the Grand Lodge A.E. & A.M. of Massachusetts on front paste down endpaper. The 8 x 10 inch book is bound in green cloth covered boards, title in gilt on the spine, light shelf wear to extremities, remnant of library tag on cover but overall G+. One online source provides: "Bernard of Clairvaux, O. Cist (1090 - August 20, 1153) was a French abbot and the primary builder of the reforming Cistercian order. Bernard traced the outlines of the Rule of the Knights Templar who soon became the ideal of Christian nobility. …" 
Price: 1155.99 USD
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