8vo (155 x 98 mm). Four parts, separately titled. Collation: a-k8; aa-dd8 ee4; A-E8 F4; A-B8 C4. 78, ; 36; 44; 20 leaves. Double column, titles and text printed in red and black throughout. Small roman text type. Four-part metalcut border to first and second title-pages, the latter with an extra metalcut bandeau, woodcut diagram of consanguinity with inset typographic labels, at end of Part I, woodcut and metalcut initials throughout. Dust-soiling to first title and to some upper outer margins, light marginal dampstain to B4, C4 and D4 in 3rd work (Extravagantes comunes), a few corners creased. 19th-century quarter parchment (worn and grubby, acidic endleaves). Provenance: later (18th- or 19th-century) marginal notes on b1v, h2r on first work and A6r in 3rd work; Vincent Lloyd Russell, modern bookplate.***
A densely but handsomely printed pocket compendium of canon law, intended for students of the Faculté de Droit in Paris, where only religious law was taught at this time, civil law being offered only at the University of Orléans. The copious use of red printing and abundant decorative material in this edition may have served as study aids, i.e., to help keep the diligent students awake.
The four parts are separately titled, and are catalogued separately by Moreau and in library catalogues, but they make up one edition, as is evident from the final quire register. The title of the second part, Clement V Constitutiones, bears the imprint “ex officina Pierre Gaudoul.” According to Moreau, the edition was shared with other libraires including Ambroise Girault and Jean Petit. Frequently reprinted, other small format editions appeared in 1511, 1513, 1523, 1534, 1537, 1541, etc. The printer Jean Kerbriant or Kerbriand, alias Huguelin, active in Paris from 1516 to 1550, was a native of Brittany. He specialized in liturgical texts, and printed for various Parisian and provincial libraires as well as for publisher-booksellers outside of France, including from Basel, Cologne and Antwerp.
OCLC and Moreau locate a single US copy at Harvard Law School Library. Moreau IV, 109, 110, 111 and 114. Item #2856