8vo, ff. 314, ,  blank; title printed in red and black; with two woodcuts in the text; notes on both endpapers in a contemporary hand; some light browning as expected, but generally clean and fresh throughout; with old stamp of the Evangelische Centralbibliothek in Breslau, and its accompanying cancel, on verso of title; in contemporary blind-stamped pigskin, with portrait of Rudolf II on upper cover, and his arms on lower cover; clasps intact; some marking, but still a very good copy.
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Feuwerzeugk Gerichtlicher Ordnunge, Proceß, Läuffe, und Sachen, so sich in Gerichte pflegen zuzutragen, Tabelweiß in drey Bücher der ersten und andern Instantz, Auch von rechtem gebrauch der Supplicationen, fein richtig und ordentlich verfasset und zusammen getragen. Jetzundt zum sechsten mal widerumb ersehen, gebessert, und mit vielen nützlichen auch nothwendigen Tractätlin und Zusätzen gemehret wie an folgender Seiten dieses Blats zusehen.
A very good copy of this expanded edition of one of the most popular compendia of law in the Holy Roman Empire, by the German lawyer, playwright, and poet Heinrich Knaust (c.1521- after 1577). Over the course of three books, Knaust presents a complete manual of criminal procedure, and a guide to the correct use of supplication. Unlike many, however, he makes a point of acknowledging and attempting to reconcile differing views on central matters from a variety of authorities, while writing in a clear and accessible style: the legal historian Roderich von Stinzing attributed its popularity to the ‘freshness and liveliness of the presentation, characteristic of this cheerful mind’.
The work first saw the light of day in 1558, and many editions appeared throughout the late sixteenth century; all are nowadays rare. Two woodcuts feature in the text, one of them depicting a trial and the second showing the author’s arms, and this copy features extensive notes on the pastedowns and endpapers in a contemporary hand.
VD16, K 1401; OCLC records only one copy outside Germany of this edition, at Rochester; of earlier editions, there are copies of the 1562 and 1568 at Harvard Law, and the 1564 at Pennsylvania.
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