Interracial Marriage During the Ancien Regime [France]. [Conseil d'Etat]. [Sartine, Antoine de, Comte d'Alby (1729-1801)]. Arret du Conseil d'Etat du Roi, Concernant les Mariages des Noirs, Mulatres ou Autres Gens de Couleur. Du 5 Avril 1778. Extrait des Registres du Conseil d'Etat [Drop-Head Title]. [Paris: De l'Imprimerie Royale, 1778].  pp. Quarto (9-1/2" x 7-1/2"). Disbound bifolium, single-column text to recto and verso of first leaf, large woodcut vignette above title, second leaf blank. Light browning, faint horizontal fold line through center, small hole near gutter, dampstaining to lower corners. $500. * A reflection of late eighteenth-century ideas about race, this 1778 act outlawed interracial marriage in France and its colonies. It was repealed in 1791, but reinstated by Napoleon in 1803. It is signed (in type) by Sartine, a member of the Council of State who was a former director of the Paris Police. OCLC locates 6 copies in North America, none in law libraries. Wroth & Annan, Acts of French Royal Administration 1905.
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