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Paolo Di Castro - Consiliorum sive responsorum praestantissimi I.C.Pauli Castrensis. Volumen Primum [-Tertium] - 1617

Paolo Di Castro - Consiliorum sive responsorum praestantissimi I.C.Pauli Castrensis. Volumen Primum [-Tertium] - 1617

Paolo Di Castro - Consiliorum sive responsorum praestantissimi I.C.Pauli Castrensis. Volumen Primum [-Tertium] - 1617
Law - Quantity: 1 - Other - see description - Book

Title: Consiliorum Sive Responsorum Praestintissimi I.C. Pauli Castrensis. Cuius Haec Omnium Postrema Editio Habet Tum Consuetas Multorum Annotationes, & Praesertim Nicolai Michaelis Iurisc. Parisiensis, Tum Loca Prope Infinita Ex Vetustissimis Exemplaribus... Volumen Primum [- Tertium] .... Venetiis, Apud Iuntas, 1617 Volumen Primum [- Tertium]

Date and place of publication: Venetiis 1617 (Colophon volume two: 1580, but title page 1617).

Published Apud Iuntas

Description: rare edition. Three tomes in one volume. Full vellum hardcover with title handwritten on the edge. Typographic brands woodcut on the title pages with Giunti lilies within architectural borders illustrated with allegory of Justice, caryatids, grotesques, festoons. Drop caps, head- and tailpieces ornate or woodcut. Text on two columns. Sixteenth-century Giunti edition of this monumental collection of legal advice by Paolo da Castro; the notes are by the Parisian jurist Nicolas Michel. The date shown on the title pages and dedications is that of 1617, but the colophon of the second volume shows the date of 1580. Camerini does not record this edition and the paper and telematic sources consulted do not clarify the reason for the discrepancy of the dates. The typographic characteristics of the edition are in all respects typical of the sixteenth-century and the hypothesis that can be put forward is that the volumes, printed in 1580, were put back on the market by the heirs of Giunti in 1617 with a changed title page and with a changed dedication. The 1580 edition had also been published by the Societa' dell'Aquila che si rinnova, a publishing company for the printing of legal texts active in Venice from 1574 to 1600; Lucantonio Giunta the younger, Filippo Giunta the younger and Bernardo Giunta the younger had actively collaborated in this collective enterprise with other printers. It should be noted that, in the Codex nundinarius of Schwetschke (1850-1877), the books of the Compagnia dell'Aquila are never recorded as such, but either anonymously, as Venetian prints, or attributed to one or the other of the members (depending, obviously, on the title page), and mostly to Giunti. This fact further supports the conjecture that, in the seventeenth century, the heirs of Giunti had in fact legitimately forfeited the edition of Paolo da Castro printed by the Societa' dell'Aquila che si rinnova, placing once again on the market the copies remained unsold with the sole modification of the title page and the dedication. Paolo da Castro, so called from his birthplace, distinguished jurist, student of Baldo degli Ubaldi, graduated in Avignon and was a professor in Siena, Florence and Padua from 1429 and died in this same city in 1441. Reformer of the municipal statutes of Florence and Lucca, he was a very acute theoretical and practical jurist. The great sixteenth-century jurist Jacques de Cujas said: "Qui non habet Paulum de Castro, tunicam vendat et emat". It is missing from Camerini, Annali dei Giunti, Adams and STC Italian Books. On Paolo de Castro, see Savigny, "Storia del diritto romano nel Medioevo", Turin, 1852, II, 695 sgg.; Besta, "Storia del diritto italiano", I, part II, pp. 629 and sgg. and passim.

Condition: scattered marginal stains on the first sheets, some small woodworm holes on a few sheets of the first volume (unnoticeable), some marginal woodworm holes on a few sheets of the second volume (roughly from page 20 to 40) that do not affect the text, some other scattered marginal holes, not invasive and on a very few pages. Woodworm holes at the top corner of the last 20 sheets of the third volume. The sheets are neither browned nor have mildew, very fresh. Very firm binding, intact endpapers, cover slightly used with loss of vellum at the bottom of the front board and some creasing on the spine. Overall in excellent condition. Please see photos.

Collation: Numbered sheets - Volume 1: 1 f.b. + (3) 242 f (18) of index ; Volume 2: (2) 222 (12) of index; Volume 3: (1) 42 (7) + 1 f.b. [complete].

Size: 36.5 x 26 x 9 cm.

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Lot details
Number of Books
Author/ Illustrator
Paolo Di Castro
Book Title
Consiliorum sive responsorum praestantissimi I.C.Pauli Castrensis. Volumen Primum [-Tertium]
Publication year oldest item
Different editions
Original language
Binding/ Material
Other - see description
Number of pages
36.5×26 cm
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