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Codex Theodosianus, Cum Perpetuis Commentariis Iacobi Gothofredi
1665. Theodosius II, Emperor of the East [408-450 CE]. Godefroy, Jacques [1587-1652], Editor. Antoine Marville [1609-1663]. Editor. Codex Theodosianus: Cum Perpetuis Commentariis Iacobi Gothofredi. Praemittuntur Chronologia Accuratior, Cum Chronico Historico, & Prolegomena: Subijciuntur Notitia Dignitatum, Prosopographia, Topographia, Index Rerum, & Glossarium Nomicum. Opus Posthumum; Div in Foro et Schola Desideratum, Recognitum & Ordinatum ad Usum Codicis Iustinianei, opera et Studio Antonii Marvillii Antecessoris. Lyons: Sumptibus Ioannis-Antonii Huguetan, & Marci-Antonii Rauaud, 1665. Six volumes in 4 books. Main text in parallel columns. Folio (14-1/4" x 9"). Contemporary calf, gilt spines, speckled edges. Moderate rubbing, some wear to spine ends and corners, some scuffing to boards, most joints and a few hinges cracked or starting, early armorial bookplate of private library to front pastedown of each book, small location label to spine of Volume I (at foot). Title pages in red and black, woodcut head-pieces and decorated initials. Light toning, occasional foxing, internally clean. A handsome set. * First edition. The Theodosian Code is an official compilation of all laws enacted since the reign of Constantine that was commissioned by Emperor Theodosius II in 429 CE. Completed in 438 CE, and ratified that year by the senate, it was the standard legal text of the empire, one that superseded all earlier codes. It would later exert enormous influence on the barbarians who assumed control of the Western Empire. The Visigoths, Ostrogoths, Franks, Lombards and Burgundians used it as the basis for their legal codes. Godefroy's edition, which includes extensive commentary, was the first modern edition of the Codex. It remains a masterpiece of scholarship and erudition. This edition also contains additional notes by Antoine Marville. Graesse, Tresor de Livres Rares et Precieux 209. British Museum Catalogue (Compact Edition) 21:980.
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