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4 Printing the Law in the 15th Century

With a Focus on Corpus iuris civilis and the Works of Bartolus de Saxoferrato

Maria Alessandra Panzanelli-Fratoni    15cBOOKTRADE, University of Oxford, UK    



The editions of legal texts are a major and important part of 15th-century book output, amounting to about 15% of the surviving extant editions. The category comprehends two types of work: (a) the collections of Roman and Canon Law, with their medieval supplements and commentaries; (b) acts and regulations produced by governments and by local authorities as part of their day-to-day activity. After a general overview, this article focuses on the first group of texts, which offers an opportunity to address some key questions related to the impact of printing in a particular cultural context, that of the university. A study of legal texts printed in the 15th century aims to provide a relevant contribution to a better understanding of the impact of printing by comparing elements of continuity and discontinuity with the manuscript and later printed tradition.

Feb. 24, 2020

Keywords: History of the bookIus communeBartolus de SaxoferratoCorpus iuris civilisLegal textsLegal historyHistory of UniversitiesScholarly bookLaw booksTextual transmissionIncunabula

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