Handsomely Bound Copy of Hemard's Code Penal Hemard, Joseph [1880-1961]. Code Penal: Commentaires Images de Joseph Hemard. Paris: Editions Litteraires de France, [c. 1940?]. 169 pp. Numerous pochoir color text illustrations throughout. Quarto (8-3/4" x 7"). Original publisher stiff printed color wrappers bound into contemporary three-quarter morocco over marbled boards, by M. Bobot, raised bands and gilt title to spine, top-edge gilt, deckle fore-edge. Negligible light rubbing to extremities, front joint just starting at ends, light toning to interior, illustrations vivid. A handsome copy $1,500. * From an edition limited to 900 copies, this is number 320. Hemard presents the official text of the French Code Penal with witty, and often mildly erotic, color pochoir illustrations. It is a sequel to his Code Civil: Livre Premier, Des Personnes. In 1944 Hemard issued another legal work: Code General des Impots Directs et Taxes Assimilees. Hemard, a prolific artist, illustrator, designer and author, is best-known for his humorously illustrated editions of serious non-fiction books.
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