Leipzig: Maur. Georgii Weidmanni, 1736 - 1745. Second edition. Full Vellum. A monumental legal and scholarly achievement, this work is the compilation of all the laws of the Roman Empire since the year 312 (the reign of Constantine), commissioned by the Emperor Theodosius II (Eastern Emperor) and co-emperor Valentinian III (Western Emperor), which was first published in 438. This edition, with Godefroy's commentary, is the first modern edition of the Codex.
The Theodosian Code became the most authoritative form of Roman law in western Europe; it was in force right through the Middle Ages. Theodosius II also wanted the Code to confirm Christianity as the official religion of the Roman Empire.
This set is the first of the Weidmann editions. Complete in seven volumes; Volume VI is in two parts, bound in two volumes. Volume I:  pp, CCXXX, 504 pp,  pp. Volume II:  pp, 700 pp,  pp. Volume III:  pp, 564 pp. Volume IV:  pp, 656 pp. Volume V:  pp, 478 pp,  pp. Volume VI Part I:  pp, 350 pp, pp311 to 320 repeated,  pp. Volume VI, Part II.: , 289 pp,  pp, 163 pp, XLII,  pp.
Bound in full vellum gilt boards, all edges mottled. Later end papers, small bookseller label (Thomas Baker,72 Newman St., London) to inside front boards. Some rubbing to extremities & spine ends; Volume I with some separation of vellum from the front board: Vol VI with small scratch on front board. Title page printed in red and black, woodcut devices at title pages, illustrated with head and tail vignettes. Tome IV with period manuscript title notation on spine. Toning and scattered fox spotting of text. One page in first volume damaged at lower corner (p 269) with minor loss of text. Small ownership stamps of M. M. Hassett on front end papers. OCLC: 926815847. Very good overall. Item #23613