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Hær begynnes then Zelands low paa ræt dansk och er skifft i sijw bøgher och hwer bogh haffuer sith register oc ær wel offuer seeth och rætthelige corrigeret. (Kolofon: Oc nu gien Prentet udi Kiøbenhaffn Anno 1576 lige effter den Gamle Lowbog...).
(Colophon:) Kiøbenhaffn (Copenhagen), Matz Wingaardt, 1576. 4to. Bound in a very nice later pastiche-binding of brown half calf. Title-page with a repaired hole to blank outer margin, far from affecting print, otherwise and unusually well preserved copy. Old, near contemporary, marginal annotations throughout and old owner's annotations to front free end-paper, one dated 1614. Annotations shaved at margins. Title-page with the woodcut illustration of the Danish King and the arms. Woodcut printers device to verso af last leaf. (111) ff. ¶ Extremely rare first printing of what is arguably the world's first facsimile, namely Mads Vingaard's 1576 reproduction of the first printing of the Law of Sealand, originally printed by Ghemen in 1505 and here re-issued in exact reproduction. This wonderful print is not merely a "line to line, word to word"-reproduction, but a facsimile making use of the same types and exact reproductions of the woodcuts. It is generally believed that "the first facsimile in the history of the book was a manuscript of Austrian provenance - the Goldene Bulle - reproduced in 1697 by the Frankfurt law historian Heinrich Günther Thülemeyer and Johann Friedrich Fleischer" (from "Imagination, Almanach" 1986-1993, Sammelheft. 1993; 2006). The present reproduction predates that work otherwise hailed as the first "facsimile" in the history of the book by more than a century!Some credit Plantin in the 17th century with being the first to produce a facsimile. This is also about a century after Mats Vingaard's facsimile of the Law of Sealand. Like the laws of Sealand and The Law of Scania, The Law of Jutland" constitutes a law book ("Rechtsbuch" in German) in the sense of a private collection of those common laws pertaining to inheritance, ownership, marriage, measurement of land, murder, theft, vandalism, etc. that were commonly applicable in the region.The medieval Danish regional laws possess an immense importance both linguistically and legally, and the influence is evident even today, both in the development of our legal system and of our written language. At the time of their foundation, the Danish kingdom was divided into jurisdictional areas, lands, that in turn were divided into townships. Each land had a county council, which also served as a judicial court. It quite quickly became standard for the township court to be able to refer verdicts and rulings to the county/land council. In the 13th century, there were three main lands, namely Jutland, Sealand and Skåne. With time, these three lands came to rule over all townships, and thus, we find three ruling legal books from the 13th century, namely the three earliest Danish law books - Jyske Lov, the Sealandic Laws, and Skånske Lov. They were all printed for the first time in 1505 and 1505 respectively. It is not until 1683 (with "Danske Lov") that Denmark gets a law that covers the entire kingdom. The 1576 facsimile is scarce and Thesaurus estimates that only ab. 10 copies still exist on private hands.
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