Attractive Scarce Pocket-Sized 1810 Printing of the French Code of Criminal Procedure [France]. [Criminal Law]. Code d'Instruction Criminelle. Edition Originale et Seule Officielle. Paris: De l'Imprimerie Imperiale, 1810. [iv], 323 pp. 16mo. (3-3/4" x 2-1/4"). Contemporary sprinkled calf, gilt fillets to boards, gilt spine with lettering piece, speckled edges, marbled endpapers, ribbon marker. A few tiny nicks to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities with some wear to corners, bookseller ticket to verso of half-title, moderate toning to text, light soiling to half-title, small crease to title page. An attractive copy. $1,950. * Only edition in this format, this is the third printing of this title, previously issued in quarto and octavo. The 1808 Code d'Instruction Criminelle, a code of criminal procedure, was one the four codes of civil and criminal law issued under Napoleon's direction after the Code Napoleon (Code Civil, 1804). Because the 16mo. version (labeled 32mo. in some references) was intended for daily use rather than the library shelf, few copies exist today. Copies as well-preserved as ours are rare. OCLC locates 10 copies, none in North America. Camus, Bibliotheque Choisie des Livres de Droit 2310.
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