Lot 339: Manuscript DS in French, signed "Napol," one page, 8 x 12.5, June 29, 1808. Document concerning an arrest. In part (translated): "The forenamed Francesco Vespignani, born in Modigliana territory, Tuscany, there accused of several robberies and arrested in Faenza, will be released to the French Authorities…Our Great Judges Ministers of Justice, and our Ministers of Foreign Relations of France and Italy are in charge, each and every one to the extent to which he's concerned, of the execution of the Decree herewith." In fine condition, with expected document wear and some trivial foxing. One of Napoleon's most important achievements was the development of the Napoleonic Code, the basis for many legal systems around the world today. The 'Code of Criminal Instruction' was formalized and published in 1808, the year of this document. Outlined in the code are several different types of theft and their applicable punishments, which varied based on the severity of the crime. As a bold document associated with Napoleon's influence in jurisprudence, this is an especially desirable document.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458
Wednesday, 12th August 2015
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