Private-Law Treatises [and other works, including (incipit): Der Fünff N.O. Lannde und Fürstlichen Graffschafft Görz Vergleichung Anno 1542].
Folio (210 x 310 mm). German manuscript on paper. 698 written pages on 396 unnumbered ff. Contemporary calf; spine gilt.
Collection of almost entirely German (Austrian) 16th century legal texts, but also comprising a few 15th century sources (and one in Latin), thus assembled in the late 17th century. The tax legislation for all five Lower Austrian countries and Gorizia from 1542 (copied from the printed book) is followed by the extensive Treatises of Bernhard Walther (the "father of Austrian law" who in the mid-16th century collected the Lower Austrian customary law). The present, very complete manuscript comprises 14 of the 15 treatises (all except that on bankruptcy), and it was used by Max Rintelen for his critical edition, published in 1937 (cf. reference below). The treatises are followed by decisions concerning the law of inheritance ("Von Erbschafften drey Fragen, dem Herrn Landtmarschalkh ... alhier anzuzaigen"; "Ob deß abgestorbnen Wittib, oder Glaubiger den Vorgang haben: Der Regierung Rathschlag" etc.), "Bericht wegen der Caution im Landtsrechten in Österreich Under der Enß", "General wegen der Verstorbenen Pfarrer in Steyer Verlassenschafft", "Tractatus de testibus, ex secundo tomo actionum forensium D. Joan. Oldendorffii"; "Königlicher Bevelch daß ain jede Sach vor dem ordentlichen Gericht erster Instanz clagt soll werden (4 March 1534); "Khay. May. Declaration und Spruch zwischen der Löblichen Universitet zu Wienn, und gemainer Statt daßelbst" (1571), "Gemaine Beschwerung der Erblande" (with detailed regulations on mining and minting, manslaughter, gypsies, Jews, etc.), confirmations of decrees issued by Frederick III in 1444, 1462 and 1470, etc.
Some waterstaining near end; occasional slight staining. Spine-ends professionally repaired. Provenance: Handwritten ownership of Baron Anton von Egger (d. 1727): "Ex lib. Ant. L. B. de Egker". Later in the collection of the Austrian legal historian and numismatist Arnold Luschin von Ebengreuth (1841-1932) with his etched bookplate to the front pastedown. After Luschin's death his heirs presented the volume to his student, the legal historian Max Rintelen (1880-1965); cf. his entry in blue ink: "Von Luschins Erben erhalten. Max Rintelen".
M. Rintelen, Bernhard Walthers privatrechtliche Traktate (Leipzig 1937), Ms. LE (p. XVIII).