With Interesting Commentary About Law and Society [Manuscript]. [Savoy, France]. Memoire Concernant la Taxe Imposee en 1727 par le Senat de Savoye sur le Clerge du Pais pour la Garde de les Frontieres Contre la Peste. [France: 18th Century]. 28 pp. Folio (8-3/4" x 5-3/4"). Contemporary quarter vellum over marbled boards, small later (?) paper title panel reading "Memoire par le Senat de Savoye" to front board. Light rubbing to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities with minor wear to spine ends and corners, crack near center of text block, all leaves secure. Manuscript memento mori vignette of a skeleton holding a scythe and skull to title page. Text in small neat hand, light toning to text. $3,000. * This erudite, detailed fair-copy manuscript of some 10,000 words presents an interesting discussion, often critical, of the relationship between secular and ecclesiastical law and the nature of power in relation to the clergy of 18th century Savoy. This is explored in the context of a recent tax to protect the frontiers against plague. Broadly conceived, the author of this study also provides considerable general commentary on the function of law in society.
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