Folio, ff. , CXLII; title in red and black within woodcut frame with woodcut printer’s device, f. Ir in red and black within woodcut border, woodcut initials; closed tears to ff. LXXXI and CXLI (without loss, old repairs), some light marks and browning; good in recent quarter vellum and pale orange boards, title inked to spine; a little wear to edges, light marks to covers; initials ‘A. G.’ to title, extensive marginal annotations in a sixteenth-century hand to c. 91 pp.
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Statuta Patavina noviter impressa cum diligenti cura et castigatione et cum additionibus necessariis tam provisionum ducalium q[ua]m excelle[n]tissimi co[n]silii rogator[um] … revisa et correcta per … Bartholomeum Abborario …
An attractive volume of statutes relating to the city of Padua in northern Italy, edited by the legal scholar Bartolomeo Abborario, with detailed annotations by a practicing local lawyer.
The marginalia in this copy, by an anonymous sixteenth-century annotator, clarify and amplify certain passages (beginning ‘adde’, ‘nota’, or ‘concordat’, for example), and refer to various legal authorities alongside actual practice (‘realiter’). Our postillator shows a particular interest in laws relating to women’s property rights and rights of succession, to marriage and dowries, to the order of proceeding in civil cases, and to disputes between relatives, also adding a note on sodomy.
The coverage of the Statuta Patavina is wide-ranging, encompassing, for example, judges and their duties (including cases of alleged incompetence), the hours when courts may sit and holidays, forged documents, merchants and trade, the poor, livestock, exile and imprisonment, fugitives, blasphemy and defamation, bodily harm, murder, assassins and traitors, adultery, incest, thefts, fires, forbidden weapons, the night-time (e.g. no playing of trumpets or drums), and prostitutes and pimps.
EDIT16 37710. Library Hub records only two copies in the UK (BL, Bodleian).
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