Codice Penale Tradotto D’ Ordine Di Sua MaestÀ Il Re Delle Due Sicilie,.
Bound in vellum; spine in compartments, decorated gilt, with contrasting maroon and green title labels, gilt. Extremities worn and some foxing throughout; otherwise a very good copy.
PENAL CODE OF THE KINGDOM OF NAPLES UNDER MURAT
Nella Fonderia Reale e Stamperia della Segreteria di Stato.,
Per uso de' suoi stati. edizione originale e sola uffiziale.
[signed:] giocchino napoleone, da parete del re, il ministerio segretario di stato, firmato, pignatelli.
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 5 x 8 inches. [iv] + 134 pp. +  pp. Text in Italian.
Decorated by vignettes of the state arms, including title page.
The Napoleonic law code for the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, translated into Italian from the penal code of the French Empire. It is issued in the name of Gioacchino Napoleone, or Joachim Napoléone Murat (1767-1805), flamboyant Marshall of France and brother in law of Napoleon Bonaparte, who made him King of Naples in 1808. (although proclaimed King of the Two Sicilies, Murat controlled only the mainland and not the island.) Following his defeat in battle and an unsuccessful uprising in Calabria, Murat was executed by firing squad in 1815, by order of the incoming Bourbon King of Naples, Ferdinand IV, who re-established the old regime following the French interlude. A scarce title; WorldCat lists copies of the first, 1812, edition in two US law libraries, Harvard and Washington D.C. and in Berlin and Arco, Italy for the 1813 version.
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