A 1822 French Compilation of Laws Concerning Freedom of the Press with Fascinating Annotations by A Notable French Jurist Berny, Etienne Charles Gabriel de. Concordance des Lois sur la Repression, La Poursuite, Et le Jugement des Infractions Commises par la Voie de la Presse, Ou par Tous Autres Moyens de Publication, Suivie du Texte de ces Memes Lois par Ordre Chronologique. Paris: Imprimerie de Didot l'Aine, 1822. viii, 1132 pp. Octavo (8-3/4" x 5-1/2"). Contemporary quarter sheep over flexible marbled boards, lettering piece, gilt ornaments and gilt fillets to spine, untrimmed edges. A few creases to boards, some rubbing to extremities, corners bumped and lightly worn, "M. De Verges" in bold hand to head of front board. Moderate toning, faint dampspotting to a few leaves, extensive annotations to several pages and endleaves. $10,000. * Only edition. This compilation of laws concerning freedom of the press was published during the repressive reign of King Charles X, France's final Bourbon king. Its author was a conseiller-auditeur of the Cour Royale of Paris. This copy was annotated extensively by one of his colleagues at that court, De Verges, who would later hold important judicial posts under Napoleon III. The annotations are fascinating because they indicate a deep engagement with the book. Some notes dispute the legitimacy of certain laws. The other ones interrogate their meaning, propose amendments or connect them to specific cases. All of the annotations indicate that De Verges had a keen legal mind. OCLC locates 5 copies, 2 in North America (Huntington Library, UC-Berkeley Law School). Not in the British Museum Catalogue.
Book number 69596