5'5" x 23" Broadside Containing French Revolutionary Army's Criminal Code and Code of Criminal Procedure [Broadside]. Convention Nationale. Decrets de la Convention Nationale, Du 12 Mai Mil Sept Cent Quatre-Vingt-Seize, l'An Second de la Republique Francaise. 1. Organisation des Tribunaux Criminels Militaires. 2. Code Penal Militaire. Marseille: De l'Imprimerie de Jean Mossy, 1793. 5'5" x 23" (168 x 59 cms.) broadside, mounted on linen, with some marginal restoration, folded into six section, tipped into good late- nineteenth century, half-cloth over marbled boards, gilt title to spine. Light rubbing, soiling and a few minor stains to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities with some wear to spine ends and corners, light soiling to spine, front hinge starting, partial crack between front free endpaper and hinge holding broadside, small owner bookplate to front pastedown, small shelf label (?) tipped-in to front free endpaper, some toning, light soiling and foxing to broadside. A remarkable item. $1,500. * Decree no.865. Signed at the foot by Descene, Secretaire-Generale, 27 Mai 1793. The creation of an army founded on the principles of the French Revolution was one the many great changes wrought by the National Convention. Popularly known as the Army of Year II, it was a fighting force under civilian control of 650,000 men consisting of volunteer soldiers, eventually supplemented by mass conscriptions (the levee en masse) and professional officers drawn almost exclusively from the middle classes. It became one of the greatest armies in history. Intended to be posted in a conspicuous place, and thus available to all who could read, this massive broadside contains the army's penal code and code of criminal procedure. They were by far the most liberal codes of their time. The format of our broadside also reflects the Assembly's commitment to transparency and desire to transmit legal knowledge as broadly as possible. This text was also issued as an octavo-sized book. See Saricks, A Bibliography of the Frank E. Melvin Collection of Pamphlets of the French Revolution in the University of Kansas Libraries 5897.
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