Bursati (Borsati), Francesco
Consiliorum Sive Responsorum, 4 Volumes Bound Together
1601. Bursati (Borsati), Francesco [16th. C.]. Consiliorum Sive Responsorum. Frankfurt: Ex Officina Typographica Ioannis Saurii, 1601 (Volume I), Sumptibus Rulandiorum, 1610 (Volume II), Apud Ioannem Feyrabend, 1594 (Volume III and IV). Four volumes in all. Complete as issued. Main text in parallel columns. Folio (15" x 9-1/2"). Contemporary vellum, blind rules and large central arabesques to boards, rebacked retaining original spine with raised bands and early hand-lettered title, ties lacking. Light soiling, moderate wear to extremities, large scuff to front board, corners worn, vellum beginning to crack through pastedowns, rear hinge starting at ends. Armorial bookplate of William Curtis Noyes to front pastedown, title page of Volume I printed in red and black, large woodcut printer devices to all title pages, woodcut head-pieces, tail-pieces and decorated initials throughout. Toning, occasional browning, light foxing and dampspotting, minor creases and edgewear to a few leaves. Neat early underlining and annotations in a few places, interior otherwise clean. * Second and final edition. These massive volumes collect 461 consilia (detailed analysis of specific legal points) by a notable Mantuan jurist. Most of these deal with canon law. This collection was first published in Venice in four volumes from 1573-1586. Both editions are very scarce today, both as sets and individual volumes. OCLC locates 6 complete copies of the second edition, 1 in North America (Harvard Law School). Another copy located at the Library of Congress. Noyes [1805-1864] was a leading New York lawyer and a member of the commission to codify the state's laws, which resulted in the Field Codes. A man of extensive learning, he owned one of the finest law libraries in the United States. Adams, Catalogue of Books Printed in the Continent of Europe, 1501-1600 B2523. Pazzaglini and Hawks, Consilia B119, B120, B121.