Paris: Apud Gulielmum Merlin ... & Gulielmum Desboys ... ac Sebastianum Niuellium, 1562. Hardcover. 8vo. Collation: a-z8 aa-cc8 = 208 ff. [i.e. 416 pp.], COMPLETE. Wormhole in top margins, not affecting text. Printer's device of Guillaume Merlin on t.p. (Adam and Eve with Globe surrounded by 4 Bible verses = Delalaine, Inventaire , p. 62-63). Bound in contemporary French calf, gilt extra (worn, front joint repaired), all edges gilt. Staining in lower gutter margins (more pronounced in the first four gatherings). Good. Item #1994
No copy in GWU. This is one of the first truly "modern" Indexes of the Digest (Pandects) -- still of use for the study of Roman law. As the present Index makes references to specific book, title, law, and paragraph rather than to pages, it can be used with any edition. In fact there are two Indexes herein: the first alphabetized according to subject, the second by initia (sic). Our copy is preserved in a stricly contemporary gold-tooled French Renaissance binding, and with the contemporary ownership inscription of "Tiberius Selgunno" (and later: "Pottier, Avocat a Loches").
The author, Rene Aubert, dedicated this work to Andre Guillard, Master of Petitions in the Parliament of Brittany. In the dedication Aubert informs us that he wrote the Index at the request of the great scholar-printer Charlotte Guillard, his maternal aunt, who had just published an edition of the Pandectes in 1548 (and again in 1552). This is the only known work by Rene Aubert, a lawyer of the "Suprema Curia" in Paris.
This volume was the Index to the 7-vol. 1562 edition of "Digestorum seu Pandectarum libri V" with the same imprint (lacking in the GWU copy), for which see Adams J-582 (see also A-2120, catalogued by him under "Aubert" with a date of "1563"). ¶ Index Aureliensis 109.647.