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Code de la police, ou analyse des reglemens de police; divisé en douze titres.

Par M. D. Conseiller du Roy, Lieutenant Général de Police de la Ville de [Vitry-le-François] en Champagne.

Paris: Prault père, 1757 Stock Code: 126367
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One of two duodecimo editions published in 1757; WorldCat lists copies with the same title, date and imprint, with xlii, (6) and 485 pages, whereas our copy comprises the title, 390 pages, plus the leaf of approbation, with 3 leaves removed between the end of the text and the leaf of approbation, which together with the title page seems to be printed on heavier paper. In our version, there is no preliminary matter, no table of contents, and no chronological table of the principle regulations concerning the police from 1254 to the date of publication, suggesting perhaps that it precedes the other printing.

Duchesne divides his work into 12 parts: Of the police in general, its magistrates and officers; Of religion; Of morals; Of health; Of supplies; of roads; of posts, horses and messengers; Of peace and public safety; Of sciences and liberal arts; Of commerce; Of manufactures and mechanical arts; Of servants, domestics and labourers; Of the poor.

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Duodecimo (168 x 94 mm). Contemporary red morocco, boards with elaborate gilt foliate border, spine decorated gilt in compartments, marbled endpapers, gilt edges.


Short split at head of front joint, corners lightly rubbed; ownership inscription cut away from front free endpaper; occasional light spotting, paper a little toned; a very attractive copy.


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