Title: Ordonnance de Louis XIV, roi de France et de Navarre, donnee a Saint Germain-en-Laye, au mois d'avril 1667, 1741
Author: Louis XIV, King of France
Publisher: A Paris, Chez les associez choisis par ordre de Sa Majesté, pour l'impression de ses nouvelles ordonnances
A mid 18th century edition of the 1667 Grande Ordonnance de Procedure Civile, otherwise known as the Code Louis, then enacted by Louis XIV, the Sun King. The Code Louis was a comprehensive legal code attempting full regulation of civil procedure throughout a France considered legally irregular at the time. Among other things, it prescribed baptismal, marriage and death records in the state's registers, and strictly regulated the right of the Parliaments to protest acts. The Code Louis played an important part in French legal history as the basis for the Napoleonic code, from which many modern legal codes were, in turn, derived.
Legal matters did not escape Louis' attention during his reign, as was reflected in the numerous "Great Ordinances" he enacted. Pre-revolutionary France was a stitched mess of legal systems, with as many legal customs as there were provinces, and two co-existing legal traditions—traditional law in the northern regions, and classical Roman civil law in the south.
One finely bound volume in 24mo, XXIV+452+(76) pages
On note of condition, this volume is in fair shape, with rubbing and wear to the boards, with cracks to the joints, as well as the head and foot of the spine. There is light foxing and staining throughout.