8. Law

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The details of 16 manuscripts are included in this section out of a collection of 90 law manuscripts in all, including the Ur-Nammu Code which predates the Hammurabi Code by some 300 years.

The Ur-Nammu Code | MS 2064

MS in Sumerian on clay, Sumer, reign of King Shulgi, 2095-2047 BC, 1 cylinder, l. 28 cm, diam. 12 cm, 8 columns (originally 10 columns), 243 lines in cuneiform script.

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MS in Old Babylonian on clay, Larsa, 1774-1763 BC, 1 tablet, 11,8x5,6x2,9 cm, single column, 29 lines in cuneiform script.

ROMAN-LYCIAN TREATY | MS 2070  (1)

MS in Greek on bronze, Lycia, Turkey, 24 July 46 BC, 1 bronze plaque, 88x53 cm, single column (80x50 cm), 78 lines in Greek capitals, within a frame of double lines.

Digestum Vetus | MS 209/06

MS in Latin on vellum, Italy, 14th c, 52 lines surrounded by gloss, (35x23 cm), 100 lines in an Italian Bolognese Gothic book script of high grade and quality, initials in red and blue.

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MS in Latin on vellum, Italy, 1st half of 14th c., 1 f., 32x23 cm, 2 columns, (27x16), 59 lines in Italian cursive book script, 13 2-to 3-line initials in alternate red and blue.

Iustinianus Digestum Novum | MS219

MS in Latin on vellum, Bologna (?), Italy, 1325-1350, in a formal rotunda Gothic book script, with flourishes, miniature of a King in Judgement in colours against an orange-pink diapered background within an arcaded frame, with grotesque figures, birdlike figures with human heads on all sides, other illustration of the border and spray extensions.

Cinus de Pistorio: Codicem | MS 209/04

MS in Latin on vellum, Italy, 1st half of 14th c, in Italian Bolognese Gothic book script of medium quality, chapter headings in red, initials in alternate red and blue with penwork, initials painted against ornate square grounds.

Cicero: Law Speeches | MS 699

MS in Latin on vellum, Milano, Italy, 2nd quarter of 15th c., 86 ff. (complete), 28x20 cm, single column, (17x11 cm), 31 lines in a calligraphic humanistic book script, a sketch of a man apparently making a speech.