Item #11135 In tertio decretalium libro sup[er] titulis de testamentis [et] successionibus ab intestato co[m]mentarii cum addicionibus [f. 257r]. [Uniform title:] Super titulis “De testamentis et de ultimis voluntatibus”; “De successionibus ab intestato”. Andreas BARBATIA.
In tertio decretalium libro sup[er] titulis de testamentis [et] successionibus ab intestato co[m]mentarii cum addicionibus [f. 257r]. [Uniform title:] Super titulis “De testamentis et de ultimis voluntatibus”; “De successionibus ab intestato”.
In tertio decretalium libro sup[er] titulis de testamentis [et] successionibus ab intestato co[m]mentarii cum addicionibus [f. 257r]. [Uniform title:] Super titulis “De testamentis et de ultimis voluntatibus”; “De successionibus ab intestato”.
In tertio decretalium libro sup[er] titulis de testamentis [et] successionibus ab intestato co[m]mentarii cum addicionibus [f. 257r]. [Uniform title:] Super titulis “De testamentis et de ultimis voluntatibus”; “De successionibus ab intestato”.
STUPENDOUS MEMORY, VAST ERUDITION

In tertio decretalium libro sup[er] titulis de testamentis [et] successionibus ab intestato co[m]mentarii cum addicionibus [f. 257r]. [Uniform title:] Super titulis “De testamentis et de ultimis voluntatibus”; “De successionibus ab intestato”.

[Barcelona, Pere Miquel] 1 December 1492.

Folio (251 x 187 mm.). [xii]p., dcccclxxxxiii [r. 997], [1] columns. Gothic types, double-column, initial spaces blank.

Retrospective blind-decorated brown morocco with repetitions of a solid foliage tool (Brugalla, 1950), gilt-lettered spine title and board edges, blind- and gilt-ruled turns-ins, all edges gilt.

Second and ?Final Edition of these three texts on inheritance by the Sicilian jurist, who taught with distinction at the leading law school of Europe (the future Pope Alexander VI was among his students) and became exceedingly wealthy through his private practice in both canon and civil law. He offered assistance to municipalities, individuals, corporations and rulers. Pope Paul II hired him in his clash with the College of Cardinals. King Ferdinand II of Aragon was so pleased with Barbatia’s advice in a dispute with the clerics of his kingdom, that he elevated him to Royal counselor and made him part of his household.
            The first and longest of the present texts, on wills and final testaments, addresses passages in Book III of Gratian’s Decretals (cap. 26) and occupies roughly two-thirds of the volume. The second comments on the writings of the late 13th-century Rinuccius (Rainutius, Ranuccius) dealing with the same topic, while the final portion, a modest two dozen leaves, concerns the disposition of property in the absence of a will (III: 27). 
            “The great and indispensable textbooks of canon law…were never printed in Spain during the fifteenth century. However, the commentary [in fact, commentaries, each in one edition] by Andreas Barbatia (c. 1400-79) on the sections in the Decretals dealing with testamentary law appeared in two editions at Barcelona” (BMC X: xv; neither volume is in their collection). Specializing in works of theology, medicine and law, Miquel may well have sought favor with the crown through the publication of works by its preferred lawyer, as job printing accounted for nearly all the law books produced on the Iberian peninsula before 1501. Miquel, who was only active for five or six years (1491-?97), set type directly from the 1490 Bologna edition (GW 3373; one copy in the U.S.). The following year he issued the apparently unique printing of Barbatia’s responses (repetitiones) to questions about the present work (GW 3375; two copies known). In good condition (minor defects to the blank lower margin of the first leaf neatly repaired).
¶GW 3374 (var. f. 257r col. 2 line 15 consectum for consectu[m]); IGI VI: 1242-A (Bol. Coll. di Spagna); IBE 740; Vindel, El Arte tipográfico en España durante el siglo XV I: 71 & reprod.; Palau 23682; Besta, “Le Fonti” in Storia del diritto italiano ed. Del Giudice I(2): 892-94; see Dizionario biografico dei giuristi italiani (XII-XX secolo) edd. Birocchi et al. I: 165-6 and Schulte’s Die Geschichte der Quellen und Literatur des canonischen Rechts II: 306-11; ISTC ib00114500 (4 copies, 1 outside Spain); not in Goff.

Item #11135

Price: $35,000.00

See all items by