Tractatus de jure iustitia, ac de legibus [manuscript] / traditus a reverendo Patre Dupin Soc[ietatis] Jesu, anno d[omi]ni millessimo sexcentessimo nonagessimo sexto. et scriptus ann[o] domini 1699. Ad usum Petri Lajaunye.

[France], 1695-1699.
150 leaves : paper ; 160 x 110 (120 x 90) mm. bound to 170 x 120 mm.
Law -- France -- Early works to 1800.
Canon law -- Philosophy -- Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Latin -- 17th century.
Manuscripts, European.
A discourse on the codes of justice, focusing on laws of virtues and morals. Consists of 17 disputations split into numbered and titled sections, with an index at the end. Topics covered in these disputations include deeds, canon law, games and wagers, insurance, gifts, wills, sales, homicide, usury, lawsuits, and the nature of justice. Appears to be more of a philosophical work on the nature of justice and laws, rather than a list of the laws themselves. Consists of numbered disputations, which contain numbered sections within breaking down the argument and solution. Has a table of contents at the end.
Ms. codex.
Title from title page (p. iii).
Pagination: Paper, 150 leaves: paginated [i-viii], 137-290, paginated 1-295 upper outer corners. Paginated 136 twice consecutively. Catchwords present every few pages on lower right recto and verso.
Binding: Contemporary calf (Zacour-Hirsch).
Script: Written in a cursive hand.
Decoration: Title is encompassed by an engraving of a stylized coat of arms, containing a crown topped with a fleur-de-lis, under which falls a cloak-like tent, the outside of which is covered in stars and the inside being ermine, held open by two knotted bows to reveal the title in a square box (p. iii); Balthasar Moncornet engraving of St. Ludovic kneeling before a cross on a table (p. vi).
Watermark: Alternating fleur-de-lis (examples on p. 279, 283) and heart (p. 287) on inner middle section of nearly every page.
Origin: Written in France (Zacour-Hirsch), 1695-1699.
Incipit: Doctrinam de virtutius. theologicis sequitur tractas de virtutibus moralibus... (p. 1). Explicit: ...ut ipse nobiscum iuste simul et misericordi et agat...Dictavit hunc tractatum R.P. Dupin Soc. Jesu anno domini 1695 (p. 269).
Penn Provenance:
Formerly owned by Henry Charles Lea (bookplate inside lower cover and inscription dated 1861).
Formerly owned by John Trotter Brockett (bookplate inside upper cover).
Formerly owned by Jacobi Doazan (inscription, p. ii).
Cited in:
Described in Zacour, Norman P. and Hirsch, Rudolf. Catalogue of Manuscripts in the Libraries of the University of Pennsylvania to 1800 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1965), p. 178 (Ms. Lea 148).
Cited as:
UPenn Ms. Codex 1218
Lea, Henry Charles, 1825-1909, former owner.
Brockett, John Trotter, 1788-1842, former owner.
Moncornet, Balthasar, ca. 1600-1668, engraver.
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