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Bound by Law: Alciati

D. Andreae Alciati mediolanensis ivrecos

Andrea Alciati

D. Andreae Alciati mediolanensis ivrecos

Basileae : apud Thomam Gvarinvm, 1582

D. Andreae Alciati mediolanensis ivrecos

Andrea Alciati

D. Andreae Alciati mediolanensis ivrecos

Basileae : apud Thomam Gvarinvm, 1582

The decoration on the covers of this volume, shown more clearly in the close-up photo, center around the gilded figure of justice, evidenced by his sword and the scales with the phrase “Justitie quisque picturam lumini cernis dic deus.”  Surrounding him are blindstamped images of four figures with accompanying phrases:  a saint with an orb and cross (likely Jesus) with the phrase “data est mihi om[nis potestas]” (“All power is given unto me”), a king with a harp (likely King David)(phrase undecipherable), a saint with a book (possibly John the Baptist) with the phrase “ecce agnus dei” (“Behold the lamb of God”), and a saint with a sword (likely Saint Michael) with the phrase “apparuit be[atus] Mic[hael]” (“St. Michael appeared”).  Smaller portraits of five leaders border this, with further blindstamped decorative borders filling the rest of the cover space.