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    Baldus de Ubaldis's Commentary on the First Part of the Digestum vetus of Justinian

    [Baldus de Ubaldis. Lectura super I parte Digesti veteris. Milan: Leonhard Pachel and Ulrich Scinzenzeller, 17 November 1488]. Publication information from ISTC. Large folio (15.75 x 11.125 inches; 400 x 284 mm.). [249 (of 294)] leaves (collation: F3-8 G-O8 P6 AA-EE8 a-h8 i6 aa-hh8 (-8)). Lacking all before leaf F3 (A-b8 D10 E8 F1-2, including the initial blank leaf) and the final blank leaf, but with a register leaf not mentioned in Hain or Pellechet (both calling for 292 leaves). Text in double columns. 68 lines. Capital spaces with guide letters. Three- to six-line Lombard initials supplied in alternating red and blue (sometime bleeding through to the opposite side of the leaf).

    Title on fol. A2: "Domini baldi perusini super prima. ff. veteris lectura feliciter incipit" (from Pellechet). Colophon on fol. 292v: "Venetiis. expletum est commentum d[omi]ni. Baldi de Perusio sublimi ingenio eme[n]tum super primo. ff. veteris libro...M.cccc.Lxxxviii. die. xvii. Mensis Novembris."

    Nineteenth-century half vellum over sprinkled boards. Smooth spine lettered in ink: Ubaldus. The spine is ruled in blind at the top and bottom and decoratively stamped in blind across the middle of the spine onto the back (the vellum used was most likely from the cover of an earlier blindstamped vellum binding). Dampstaining in the upper margin has caused slight damage to the top edge of the text block through the last half of the book; dampstaining at the outer edge and lower corner, heaviest at the end, has caused fraying of the last leaf. Internally, this copy is generally clean and crisp. Extremely scarce. ISTC lists copies only in Grenoble in France, Karlsruhe in Germany, and Innsbruck in Austria.

    Italian jurist Baldus de Ubaldis de Perusio, or Baldo degli Ubaldi (1327-1406), was a leading figure in Medieval Roman Law. He left voluminous commentaries on the Digest, or Pandects, and on the Codex of Justinian.

    Medieval scholars divided the Digest, or Pandects (in fifty books) into three parts: Digestum vetus (Old Digest), Books 1-24; Infortiatum, Books 25-38; and Digestum novum (New Digest), Books 39-50. Baldus's commentary on the first part of the Digestum vetus (Lectura super I parte Digesti veteris) covers Books 1-11; his commentary of the second part of the Digestum vetus (Lectura super II parte Digesti veteris) covers Books 12-24. The text in this copy begins on fol. F3 recto with Baldus's commentary on the Digest 1.8. (De divisione rerum et qualitate), the first initial beginning "Quaedam naturali jure" (Digest 1.8.2).

    GW M48605 (giving title as: Super II. Parte Digesti veteris). Hain 2303. ISTC iu00024700. Pellechet 1731. Voulliéme 3091. Not in BMC or Goff.


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