Basel: Nicolaus Kessler, 1496.
An alphabetical digest of the Decretals of Gregory IX, edited by Sebastian Brant. Printed in Gothic Letter with double columns on 54 lines. 42 un-numbered leaves (including the final blank), with spaces preserved for decorative initials, but with small printed guide letters. Short folio, bound in contemporary wooden boards with decorative blind-stamped calf backstrip. Basel: Nicolaus Kessler, circa 1496 [printing place and printer's name from Sebastian Brant's verse address on leaf 1b]. Some light toning & foxing; small holes in 3 leaves, but text is unaffected; spine cracked but sound, and leather ties partially lacking.
On folio 1b are nine elegiac couplets, headed by "Sebastianus Brant Nicolao Kessler civi Basilien salute". 'Decretals' in canon law are letters of the Pope formulating legal decisions. It is worth remembering that canon law at this date was not just concerned with church matters such as heresy and schism but a very wide fields of private law, including what we would now call family law, testaments and succession, divorce, etc. --BMC III 773. Hain 10755. Geoff M-263.
Condition: Very Good