Paris: in aedibus Rouillii, 1564. First Edition. 4to, , 59 [ie. 56]; 78pp. Two volumes in one as issued. Bound in 17th century calf, gilt with later rebacking, slightly worn. A very good copy with the errata leaf. Erdmann p. 160; Adams B2849; Brunet I, 1262 (lists the 1651 reprint). Scarce, the NUC locates just 4 copies (DLC, PU-L, PPL, MB). Item #18327
Barnabe Brisson (1531-1591) was an important French jurist and philologist born in Fontenay in Poictou. He distinguished himself at the bar of the parliament and attracted the notice of Henry III of France who made him his advocate-general, then counselor to the state. In 1580, he was appointed as President of Parliament. He was employed by the King in several negotiations and was sent as ambassador to England. When Paris was besieged by Henry IV, Brisson remonstrated with the leaguers but they were dissatisfied with his loyalty and he was strangled in prison. At the age of 26 he published a notable work on the terminology of civil law and later wrote a work on the legal formulae of Rome. The present work consists of two treatises on the marriage rites, customs and laws of ancient Rome, citing material from a wide range of classical sources including Catullus, Cicero, Horace, Martial, Plutarch and Virgil.