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Denis Godefroy (Dionysius Gothofredus; 1549 – 1622) was a French jurist.

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1590 LAW Corpus Denis Godefroy CHARLES V Military ROYAL BINDING

Binding Depicting Charles V & Protestant Armies!

 

Denis Godefroy (Dionysius Gothofredus; 1549 – 1622) was a French jurist.

 

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Main author: Denys Godefroy (Dionysius Gothofredus)

 

Title: Corpus iuris civilis…antiquae historiae

Published: Lugduni : 1589-90 / first title page lacking

 

Language: Latin

 

Provenance:

–       Strevesdorf, fideliter et generose

 

 

On the final page of text (end of a list of printed Holy Roman Emperors) appears a handwritten list of the next 4 Holy Roman Emperors and their years of reign from Matthias through Leopold I. Interestingly enough, a couple of these dates disagree with the accepted years of reign of a few of these leaders. (see photos)

 

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Binding: Incredible original vellum tight & secure binding

Pages: first title page missing, otherwise appears to be complete with all 454 + 749 pages; plus indexes, prefaces, and such

Publisher: Lugduni : 1590.

Size: ~5in X 3.5in x 2.5 (12.7cm x 8.89cm x 6.35cm)

 

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Denis Godefroy (Dionysius Gothofredus; 17 October 1549 – 7 September 1622), jurist, son of Leon Godefroy, lord of Guignecourt, was born in Paris.

He was educated at the Collège de Navarre, and studied law at Louvain, Cologne, and Heidelberg, returning to Paris in 1573. He embraced the reformed religion, and in 1579 left Paris, where his abilities and connections promised a brilliant career, to establish himself at Geneva. He became professor of law there, received the freedom of the city in 1580 and in 1587 became a member of the Council of the Two Hundred. Henry IV of France induced him to return to France by making him grand bailli of Gex, but no sooner had he installed himself than the town was sacked and his library burnt by the troops of the duke of Savoy. In 1591 he became professor of Roman law at Strassburg, where he remained until April 1600, when in response to an invitation from Frederick IV, Elector Palatine, he removed to Heidelberg. The difficulties of his position led to his return to Strassburg for a short time, but in November 1604 he definitely settled at Heidelberg. He was made head of the faculty of law in the university, and was from time to time employed on missions to the French court. His repeated refusal of offers of advancement in his own country was due to his Calvinism. He died at Strassburg, having left Heidelberg before the city was sacked by the imperial troops in 1621. His most important work was the new edition of Corpus juris civilis, originally published at Geneva in 1583, which went through some twenty editions, the most valuable of them being that printed by the Elzevirs at Amsterdam in 1633 and the Leipzig edition of 1740.

 

 

 

Category

Law & Government

Authors

Denys Godefroy (Dionysius Gothofredus)

Printing Date

16th Century

Language

Latin

Binding

Leather

Book Condition

Good