Institutionum Imperialum Commentarius Academicus & Forensis


Arnold Vinnius (Arnoldi Vinnii)

A classic commentary on Roman Law.


Amstelædami (Amsterdam) : prostant apud Janssonio-Waesbergios, Boom & Goethals, 1703. Full title: In quatuor libros Institutionum imperialium commentarius academicus & forensis / editio postrema, authoris notis, antea seorsim impressis, aucta, titulorum concordantiis et paragraphorum summulis adornata, à mendis purgata, adeoque emendatissima.   Quarto, full leather, five raised bands on the spine, each panel with gilt tooled decoration, red leather panel with title in gilt , A-Nnnnn4; [1bl], [8], 828, [11], [1bl] p.

Very Good condition. Contemporary leather binding has a warm patina, joints are worn but firm, just starting at the head of the front joint, slightly sprung, the head of the spine is chipped and the gilt decoration of the top panel is rubbed, corners also rubbed but square, leather has worn away from the top corner of the rear board, all edges dyed red, red and blue marbled endpapers, three previous owners names inscribed on the front blank, small notation in ink next to the printer’s mark on title page, some off-setting and occassional evidence of bookworm (with minor loss of text at the dedication and table of contents), otherwise clean.

Arnold Vinnius (1588 – 1657) was a leading jurist of the 17th century in the Netherlands. He studied at the University of Lieden from 1603, ganing his degree in 1612, and he began teaching there in 1618. In 1633 the position of Extraordinarius Professor Institutionum was created for him and he retained this position until his death. He was a prolific author and 154 editions of his work enjoyed unprecedented diffusion throughout Europe. More than a third of these were of his best-seller  In quatuor libros Institutionum imperialium commentarius academicus et forensis. This work was reprinted 54 times from the first 1642 Leiden edition to the 1867 Spanish translation. A commentary on the Institutes of Justinian, it was a standard text in European law schools during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.


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