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De Jure Gladii Tractatus et de Toparchis qui Exercent id in Dioecesi..
1689. Canon Law and Capital Punishment Matthaeus, Antonius (III) [1635-1710]. De Jure Gladii Tractatus et de Toparchis qui Exercent id in Dioecesi Ultrajectina. Leiden: Sumptu Auctoris Excudit Johannes Kellenaar, 1689. Quarto (8-1/2" x 7"). Contemporary Vellum, gilt-edged title panel to spine, edges rouged. Some soiling, mostly to spine, light rubbing to extremities, minor worming to pastedowns and joints, which are just starting at ends. Large copperplate arms of the Curia of the Holy Roman Empire to title page. Some toning, light browning in places. Ex-library. Fragment of shelf label to spine, small stamp to foot of title page. A nice copy of a scarce title. * Only edition. The son and grandson of distinguished jurists of the same name, Antonius Matthaeus III was a professor of law at the University of Utrecht and later its rector. De Jure Gladii is a treatise on capital crimes in canon law as applied to the diocese of Utrecht. It also addresses corporal punishment and lesser crimes. Capital punishment was a complicated topic because it involved conflicts with local feudal law. (On a fundamental level, canon law forbids capital punishment, feudal law applies it to a broad spectrum of crimes.) These tensions were acute in Utrecht. Though part of the Protestant United Provinces (Dutch Republic), Utrecht was historically a Catholic center. The Church continued to be a strong presence in the seventeenth century. About 40% of the population was Catholic. This percentage was higher among elite groups. OCLC locates 3 copies in North American law libraries (Columbia, Harvard, Southern Methodist University, UC-Berkeley). Dekkers, Bibliotheca Belgica Juridica 112 (11)..
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