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Analyticus commentarius, seu relectio, ad celebratissimam L. si curatorem habens, C. de in integrum restitutione minorum.
Lisbon, Manuel de Lyra for Simão Lopes, 1583. - Woodcut arms on the title page of Archduke Albert of Austria (see below). Woodcut floral and architectural ornaments on sixth preliminary leaf, verso (table of contents). Numerous elegant woodcut initials, some rather large. Index and main body of text printed in double columns. Typographical tailpiece. (26), 432 (i.e. 434) ll. [ ]6, 8, *8, 4, A6, B-H8, I*1, I9, K-Z8, 2A-2Z8, 3A-3G8, 3H10. Leaf 50 wrongly numbered "38"; 88 wrongly numbered "83"; 96 wrongly signed "69"; 126 wrongly numbered "125"; 127 wrongly numbered "128"; 131-2 wrongly numbered "133-4"; 135 wrongly numbered "134"; 137-47 wrongly numbered "136-46"; 149-55 wrongly numbered "148-54"; 200 wrongly numbered "120"; 214 wrongly numbered "213"; 261 wrongly numbered "252"; 289 wrongly numbered "298"; 311-2 wrongly numbered "312-3"; 317 wrongly numbered "316"; 330 wrongly numbered "320"; 334 wrongly numbered "344"; 344 wrongly numbered "345"; 377-8 wrongly numbered "375-6". Following I* is quire I, of 9 leaves; presumably I9 is conjugate to I*, but the binding is too tight to say for sure. Leaf K2 wrongly signed "A2"; M5 wrongly signed L4. Folio (29.3 x 20.7 cm.), contemporary calf (some rubbing and scraping; wear to corners, a few other minor defects, but binding overall in sound, unsophisticated condition), spine gilt with raised bands in five compartments, gilt short author-title in second compartment from head, covers with elaborate strapwork and ruled decoration in blind, text-block edges rouged. Some dampstaining, mostly very light, occasionally slightly heavier. Occasional light toning. Tear to leaf K4 affecting about 12 lines of text, without loss. Overall in very good condition. Contemporary ink signature on title page. ---- FIRST EDITION, variant issue or state (see below). This work is an extensive commentary on the parts of the Roman Corpus Iuris Civilis and later laws that relate to the treatment of minors who are not under the care of their parents, whether due to the parents' death or misfortunes such as having a father who is a @prodigus, a spendthrift who is no longer in charge of his own affairs. Topics include choice of legal guardian (@tutor), education, treatment of children who are mute or deaf, management of inheritances, settlement of debts and contracts undertaken by parents, treatment of children who are accused of a crime, and procedures for a minor bringing a case before the courts. A few of the sections mention current Portuguese law (e.g., ff. 394v-397v). This is not simply a compilation of citations from the law: it includes substantial narrative by Caldas Pereira e Castro.The title page bears the arms of Archduke Albert of Austria, to whom the work is also dedicated. Archduke Albert was the fifth son of the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian II and the Infanta Dona Maria of Spain, who had been sent to the Spanish Court of his uncle, King Philip II, in 1570. Appointed cardinal at age 18, in 1583 (the year this work appeared), after the dynastic union with Portugal, Archduke Albert became first viceroy of Portugal and its overseas empire, as well as papal legate and grand inquisitor. He was recalled to Madrid in 1593.Caldas Pereira e Castro (1543-1597) was born in Monção and received his legal education at the Colegio de S. Jeronymo de Compostela. After a distinguished career as a jurist in Lisbon and Braga, he was appointed professor of law at Coimbra University shortly before his death. He published several other legal treatises. This is a variant issue or state. On the recto of the fourth preliminary leaf (verso blank), there is a neo-Latin epigram in praise of the author by his son, Gabriel Pereira de Castro, also a distinguished jurist, in the lower third of the page. Some copies have a woodcut portrait of the author in the space above the poem, which in the present copy is blank.---- Adams C179. Anselmo 733 (noting copies in the Academia das Ciências de Lisboa, Biblioteca da Ajuda, and Braga; was not able to locate the work in the Bibliot [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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