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The Clagspiegel: A Guide to the Use of Roman Law in German Courts

Sebastian Brandt. Der Richterlich Clagspiegel. Ein nutzbarlicher Begriff: Wie man setzten und formieren sol nach ordenung der rechten ein uede Clag/antwort/von ausssprechene urteilen. Gezogen auss geistlichen und weltklichen rechten... Durch Doctorem Sebastianum Brandt wider durchsigtiget/und mit mererm fleiss zum teyl gebessert. Strassburg: Johannes Knobloch, 1518.
30 cm. Bound in paper leaves from a 16th century Decretum of Gratian (Part 2).

Opening to beginning of Clagspiegel with hand-colored woodcut

 

This is the second edition of Sebastian Brandt's groundbreaking version of the Clagspiegel, the oldest book of Roman-law in the German language and a cornerstone in the practical reception of Roman law in Germany. The work was tremendously popular with practicing attorneys since it provided a “crosswalk” between German practice, and the Corpus juris civilis, and helped correctly apply Roman law in German courts. The work is credited with the adoption of Roman Law in Renaissance Germany and has had a profound effect on the practice of law in Germany ever since. The work has two parts, one on civil law and procedure, and the second on criminal law and procedure – two books issued in one volume. The work itself dates from 1436. Between 1475 and 1612, the work went through 20 editions. This edition is a folio with woodcuts -- one hand colored -- and woodcut initials throughout.

One of four copies in the US.

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Printer's device.