FRANCE, CODE NAPOLEON Code Napoleon. Édition seule officielle pour le Royaume de Westphalie

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Lot 88
FRANCE, CODE NAPOLEON
Code Napoleon. Édition seule officielle pour le Royaume de Westphalie

Sold for £ 24,000 (US$ 32,817) inc. premium
FRANCE, CODE NAPOLEON
Code Napoleon. Édition seule officielle pour le Royaume de Westphalie, title-pages in German and French, parallel text in German and French with Latin version below, errata leaf at end, contemporary red morocco gilt, upper covers with inner and outer panel borders of foliage, flowers and line tools, with Napoleonic Bee at corners, the gilt spine decoration incorporating the Imperial Crown and a crowned eagle within interlacing ribbons and stars, green morooco spine label, inner borders gilt, silk endpapers, g.e., small dark stain on upper cover, preserved in solander box, 4to (303 x 230mm.), Strasbourg, F.G. Levrault, 1808

Footnotes

  • A fine copy of the first German edition of the Napoleonic Code, which came into force in all the countries of the Empire. Although not part of the Empire, Westphalia, with Jerome Bonaparte as King, was under pressure to adopt the Code: it was to prove very popular with the Rhinelanders and remained in force there until 1901, long after the liberation from France. This quarto edition was presumably printed in a limited number of copies, and the Imperial Crown on the spine indicates that this copy seems likely to have been bound for a high-ranking official or a member of the ruling family.
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