JUSTINIANUS (483-565. Emperor). Codex Justinianus, with Glossa ordinaria of Accursius. Edited by Andreas Rommel. Nuremberg: Johann Sensenschmidt and Andreas Frisner, 24 June 1475.
Royal 2° (403 x 285mm). Collation: [14 2-4010 4112] (1/1 blank, 1/2r register, 1/4v editor's letter to the printer Sensenschmidt, 2/1r text, 41/12v colophon and printer's device printed in red). 406 leaves. 68 (variable) lines of commentary and headline, text in double column with commentary surround. Types: 3:110G, 4:99G. 10 WOODCUTS COLOURED BY A CONTEMPORARY HAND in yellow, orange, green, blue and maroon opening the commentary and each book, printer's device at end, 3-, 5-, and 10-line initials in quire 2 in red and blue with brown penwork decoration, colophon, printer's device, headlines, headings, opening capitals, paragraph marks, underlining and rubrics printed in red. (Small wormhole in first quire affecting a few letters, occasional light or light soiling.) Modern calf over wooden boards partially preserving contemporary blindstamped calf sides by the Nuremberg Dominicans (Schunke-Schwenke Kleeblatt 10; Kyriss 21,2), chased bronze corner and central piece, 2 chased brass fore-edge clasps, contemporary vellum flyleaves, vellum quire guards. Provenance: contemporary annotations in margins and on endleaves; Regensburg, Dominican convent (17th-century inscription, foliation and headings, engraved bookplate).
SECOND EDITION, the first illustrated, and the first illustrated book printed at Nuremberg. The Codex was a complicated undertaking, requiring good justification for the extensive two-colour printing. The printers issued an advertisement for the book, boasting that with the gloss and reference letters printed in red, it can be easily used; the book comes complete with all titles, capitals, paragraph marks, book numeration in the headline and pictures at the beginning of each book so that the purchaser need not fear spoiling his copy with further rubrication or decoration. This edition follows by only six months an edition printed by Schoeffer at Mainz. Schoeffer left blank spaces for miniatures to be added by hand, and the printing in red is limited. The Codex is the first part of the four-part Corpus Juris Civilis, the foundation of Roman law.
Without the additional text pasted on fos. 144b, 226v and 239r as described in BMC. BMC II, 406 (IC. 7844); GW 7723; H *9599; Polain(B) 2379a; Schramm XVIII, p.14; Schreiber 4406; Goff J-575.