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The massive collection of treatises dealing with all topics of the ius commune published by Franciso Ziletti in the years 1584–1586 in 18 ‘tomes’ and 25 physical volumes under the title Tractatus universi iuris, duce, & auspice Gregorio XIII pontifice maximo in unum congesti: additis quamplurimis antea nunquam editis, hac* nota designatis XVIII, materias, XXV, voluminibus comprehendentes (TUI 1584) has long been known to scholars as a convenient, if not always totally accurate, compilation of much that is useful from the period. The Harvard Law Library in collaboration with the Ames Foundation has had the library’s copy digitized. The work is a bibliographical challenge. A recent count comes up with 754 titles by 362 authors. Not all the works by well-known authors are correctly attributed, and some of the more obscure authors are obscure indeed. We have made a start on producing proper metadata for this digital edition, a preliminary edition of metadata for the first four tomes, more fully explained below.

Pending the completion of the metadata, we attach two tables derived from the 630 items analyzed in the HOLLIS catalogue. The first gives alphabetically the author and title of all 630 works. The second arranges the authors and titles by tome and part number. (The three items that were not given volume or part number appear at the end.) An index listing the tomes and parts with links to the Page Delivery Service may be found here. A remarkable Dutch website lists all of the authors that are found in the Index auctorum ominium that appears at the beginning of our physical volume 1 and cross-references them by their Christian names.

Our attempt to create metadata for these volumes, limited at this point to tomes 1-4, begins with a list of authors. A separate list of authors seemed like a good idea, because many of the authors are have more than one attribution in TUI 1584. In the list, we do our best to place the author in time and time and place, give a very brief biography or, lacking a biography, what we have learned about him so far, give references to our sources for the information, and references to where in TUI 1584 there is an item attributed to him, hyperlinked to the volume-by-volume lists of titles.

The list of authors is followed by metadata for each tome, lists of titles and authors. At the beginning of each page, we say something about the contents of the tome and the way it is laid out. This is followed followed by a table of the items in the volume, with hyperlinks to the discussion of the author in the list of authors. If there are doubts about the attribution, we raise them here. Some of the items also contain notes about the work listed.

The lists of authors and titles are derived from the listing in the HOLLIS catalogue and the index that appears at the beginning of each physical volume except the first. Because we did not check every page, it is possible that there are items in the tome that we have missed. We normalized the Latin of the titles somewhat, extending normal abbreviations, making the use of i and j and of majuscule letters consistent, and removing the name of the author when it appears in the title. The HOLLIS title is noted only if it differs in substance from what we offer or if it contains an error.

The notes are not systematic. We added a brief comment about the work, if we were aware that something had been said about it in the literature, or if we thought we had something to say about it. In all cases, we pointed out errors in the HOLLIS catalogue. In a few cases, we added some guidance (or questions) about the meaning of the title.

We numbered the items in the lists of titles and authors. Numbering the items in the TUI is not an exact science. We erred on the side of inclusion, relying on what seemed to be a separate heading (as opposed to a subheading) in the tome. In the process, we picked up a number of items that are not included in the indices at the beginning of the physical volumes, though most of these seem to be additions to works that the indexer had already listed.

The following abbreviations are used in the list of authors and throughout: DGI = Dizionario Biografico dei Giuristi Italiani (XII – XX Secolo), ed. Italo Birocchi, et al., 2 vols. (Bologna 2013); DBI = Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani, 79 vols. to date (1960- ) (we used the online edition and hence do not include the page numbers unless we found the reference elswhere); Jöcher = C. G. Jöcher, Allgemeines Gelehrten-Lexicon, 4 vols. (Leipzig, 1750–1751); Lange, Glossatoren = Hermann Lange, Römisches Recht im Mittelalter: 1 Die Glossatoren (München 1997); Lange/Kriechbaum, Kommentatoren = Hermann Lange, Maximiliane Kriechbaum, Römisches Recht im Mittelalter: 2 Die Kommentatoren (München 2007); s.n. = sub nomine (used when the cited source does not list the author in the way that we have).

The following abbreviations are used in the lists of titles and authors: HOLAU = the name of the author as it appears in the HOLLIS catalogue; HOLTI = the title of the work as it appears in the HOLLIS catalogue (given only in the notes and only if it is substantially different from the title in TUI 1584); TUIAU = the name of the author as it appears on the title page of TUI 1584; TUITI = the title of the work as it appears on the title page of TUI 1584; HN = HOLLIS number; Vol = volume (tome) in TUI 1584; Fol = the folio number in TUI 1584; Seq = the sequence number in the Harvard University Library’s Page Delivery Sevice (PDS) (hyperlinked to the page).

The list of titles authors is followed by the metadata proper for each volume, a list of each image hyperlinked to the diplay of the image in the PDS, with its folio number, if any, and the label that is used in the PDS. This is useful for looking for the various indices that are in the tome, for getting a visual sense of how long each item is, for looking up specific references to folios, and for seeing how the physical volumes are set up technically.

Preliminary editions of the following are now available:



This page last updated 12/06/14. Contact Rosemary Spang with comments.
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