Overview of the Collection

IntroductionCivil LawReligious Law16th–19th Century Legal HistoryComparative Law
Three editions of the Digest
Three editions of the Digest. Top to bottom: Corpus iuris civilis in five volumes (Paris: Sébastian Vivelle, 1576); Corpus juris civilis in fourteen volumes printed by G. Rouillium (Lyons, 1581); Torelli's Florentine Pandects of 1553 (printed by Laurentius Torrentinus)

Civil Law

Roman Law and ius commune

Classical Roman law, medieval jurisprudence and the ius commune tradition constitute the central part of the Robbins civil law holdings. Medieval civil law doctrine is particularly well represented by an extensive corpus of commentaries on the Corpus iuris civilis, ranging from the first generations of glossators to the doctores of the late Middle Ages. Of special interest are two fourteenth-century Italian manuscripts of the Digestum vetus and the Digestum novum from Justinian's compilation, along with the Glossa ordinaria of Accursius and several layers of post-Accursian additions. All of the great commentators, including Jacques de Revigny, Cino da Pistoia, Bartolo da Sassoferrato, and Baldo degli Ubaldi, are well-represented in the collection. Furthermore, the collection possesses the earliest known copy of the Statutes of the Faculty of Law at the University of Bologna from 1251, which was bound together with a thirteenth-century Italian copy of Bonaccorso degli Elisei's Ordo iudiciarius.

Feudal and Customary Law

The medieval legal world cannot be understood without considering feudal and customary law, and any collection of medieval legal sources would be incomplete without extensive material in these areas. Our collection is particularly strong in French customary law, and also includes compilations from Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Of particular note is an early fifteenth-century French manuscript of the Lectura super usibus feudorum of Baldo degli Ubaldi (†1400) and an Italian fifteenth-century manuscript of the Super usibus pheudorum of Martinus de Garata Laudensis.