Coimbra; Lisbon: Real Imprensa da Universidade; Impressao Regia, 1793; 1794; 1805. 4to. 210 x 145 mm. 3 parts in 1 vol. + additional work. Parts 1-2: , xiv, 202 pp. Part 3: , xvi, 202. Observacoes: , 91 pp. Engraved portrait frontispiece of the dedicatee, Joao VI. Bound in contemporary red morocco with the arms of Joao VI of Portugal in gilt in the center of both covers, covers double-bordered in gilt roll of flowers and vines with smaller outer border of a rhombus and star patterned roll, the same rhombus and star patterned roll along either side of spine, gilt urn ornaments at corners, gilt "sun" roll along edges of covers, gilt floral roll of similar design divides each spinal compartment with single thin gilt roll above and below, flat spine with morocco lettering piece in second compartment, gilt urn ornament with garland in each compartment, with highly unusual gilt edges; cream colored endpapers with offsetting of the leather turns-ins below. Corners slightly bumped, binding extremities a little worn, with some gilt worn away, two small, almost imperceptible worm holes in lower spine compartment, not affecting any pages. Long contemporary annotations in Portuguese on pp. 116-7. Impression of a removed booklabel (?) on front pastedown, P.A.W. booklabel at bottom of same, prior bookseller inscriptions in pencil on front endleaves, persistent staining along bottom edge and fore-edge not affecting text, and no more than 1cm wide, small stain on top of pp. i-ii of Part 1. Very Good. Item #2987
Dedication copy, bound in contemporary red morocco with the arms of Joao VI of Portugal (1769-1826). Nothing of this type was exhibited in "Legally Binding: Fine and Historic Bindings from the Yale Law Library" (2019) curated by Michael Laird and Mike Widener. The binding features an impressive armorial stamp in gilt and provides a unique and unusual example of textblock edges that were treated with acid over which was applied a layer of gold leaf.
The text contains lectures on public and private laws by the chair of law at the University of Coimbra. This is a sumptuously-bound copy complete with all three parts, as well as an additional work by the author with commentary and corrections on the first.