Item #11571 De Prærogativa Allodiorvm In Provincijs, Qvae Ivre Scripto reguntur. Narbonensi, Et Aqvitanica. Historica Disqvisitio. Marc-Antoine Dominicy.
De Prærogativa Allodiorvm In Provincijs, Qvae Ivre Scripto reguntur. Narbonensi, Et Aqvitanica. Historica Disqvisitio.
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De Prærogativa Allodiorvm In Provincijs, Qvae Ivre Scripto reguntur. Narbonensi, Et Aqvitanica. Historica Disqvisitio.

Paris, Anne Brillet (widow of Mathurin Du Puys) 1645.

Tall 4to (235 x 170 mm.). [xx], 212, [9]p. An intaglio Du Puys title device.

Contemporary tan calf with the gilt arms of Jacques-Auguste de Thou and his second wife Gasparde de la Chastre (Olivier-Hermal-Roton 216,8; hinges worn; see below), gilt-lettered spine title in two compartments and the others with his cipher (smaller variant of O-H-R 216,9; crown and base chipped), red edges, the Soubise manuscript shelfmark on the front panel.

First Edition, on the evolution of customary and ancient Roman law governing land — ownership, inheritance, sale, freehold, lease and emphyteusis — in southern and southwestern France (Aquitaine and Narbonne). A distinguished professor of law who long taught at Bourges, the author defends the allodial title of certain ancient families to hold land independently of crown control, a condition denied by archivist Auguste Galland in his massive 1637 Du franc-aleu. Napoleonic Code made allodial title universal in France. Reprinted twice, the work was long considered authoritative.
            This volume bears the supralibros of the celebrated magistrate, historian and book collector, Jacques-Auguste de Thou, joined to those of his second wife. Both died in 1617. The present binding was commissioned by their second son, Jacques-Auguste II (1609-77). The library changed hands twice, en bloc, passing initially to J.-J. Charron, marquisde Ménars in 1679 and in 1704 to the Rohan family, who dispersed the collection at auction in 1788. Both the outside front cover and the front pastedown bear the characteristic Rohan-Soubise manuscript shelfmark, bookticket of the Parisian scholarly publisher and dealer Alphonse Picard (1833-1906) and bookplate of collector Jacques Vieillard (sale 1929).
¶Thou, Catalogus bibliothecæ thuanæ (1679) I: 252 (misdated “1545”); Lipen, Bibliotheca realis iuridica I: 49, I: 548 & II: 17; Lelong, Bibliothèque historique de la France 39953.

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