Louvain, Rutger Rescius 1536.
Contemporary stiff vellum (soiled), remnants of four pigskin ties, manuscript spine title.
The first professor of Greek at Louvain’s Collegium Trilingue, Rescius (d. 1545) established his press in 1529 to produce textbooks, including this Greek paraphrase of Justinian’s Institutes by the 6th-century jurist Theophilus Antecessor. Rescius edited and printed the text. Then, to stimulate sales, he announced a series of lectures on it. This outraged the Louvain University’s law faculty and lead to his dismissal. In nice condition (last dozen leaves lightly stained), signatures dated 1569 of Claude Lebegue, possibly the late 16th-century lawyer.
¶Constantinidou, “Printers of the Greek Classics and Market Distribution in the Sixteenth Century” in Specialist Markets in the Early Modern Book World edd. Kirwan & Mullins 275-93, esp. 280.