Parisiis [Paris]: Apud Ioannem Roigny vi Iacobea, sub insigni Basilisci, & Quatuor Elementorum. 1550. Early edition, 1st published in 1522. Not in Adams, though see entry 721 for a 1549 edition by Roigny. 76], 370 pp. T.p. woodcut device, "Prelum Ascensianum". Folio: a - e^6 f^8 A - 2H^6 [- 2H6, a blank]. 12-3/4" x 8-1/2". Contemporaneous binding, composed of waste vellum which shows a faint hint of manuscript lettering. Title hand-inked to spine, as well as text-block bottom edge. Cords visible. Remnants of leather ties to covers' 3 edges. General soiling to binding. Wear to spine ends. Age-toning to paper. Very minor worming to lower margin at rear of text block. A solid VG copy. Item #33756
Alexandro, Italian jurist of Naples, studied law at Naples and Rome, later practicing in both cities. Subsequently, he became dissatisfied with the corrupt administration of justice, quiting the bar & devoting himself to literary pursuits.
His "Genial Days" discusses his growing disgust with pervasive injustice, ignorance & arbitrary disregard of the laws, citing several cases as examples. The work also touches on religious matters, government, grammar & textual criticism, superstition social customs, military affairs, history & philosophy, and even Roman antiquities.
This work a popular one, and here we offer an early 16th C edition, in an interesting period binding, of the widely circulated title, which went through many editions during the 16th & 17th C., especially in Italy & France.