Code Civil: Livre Premier, Des Personnes, Titres V Du Mariage, VI....
by Hemard, Joseph, Illustrator; Pollock, Sir Fred
1925. Copy of Hemard's Witty Code Civil from the Library of Sir Fredrick Pollock Hemard, Joseph [1880-1961], Illustrator. Code Civil: Livre Premier, Des Personnes: Titres V. Du Mariage. VI. Du Divorce. VII. De la Paternite. VIII. De l'Adoption. IX. De la Puissance Paternelle. X. De la Minorite. XI. De la Majorite. Paris: Rene Kieffer, . [vi], 126,  pp. Original sketch by Hemard, initialed by the artist. Pochoir color text illustrations. Accompanied by a set 65 black-and-white plates. As issued. Quarto (8" x 6-1/2"). Original publisher stiff wrappers, spine repaired. Light wear to edges, some fading along spine, armorial book plate and annotation of Sir Frederick Pollock to inside front cover, most signatures unopened. Very light toning to text, somewhat heavier in places, vivid illustrations, internally clean. Plates housed in matching stiff-paper binding. * From an edition limited to 800 copies, this number 80. Hemard presents the official text of the sections of the French Civil Code concerning family law with witty, and often mildly erotic, color pochoir illustrations. This book was produced in three editions, each with different limitations and features. The present edition, which is the largest, has an original sketch of two text illustrations by the artist and a set of 65 plates reproducing all of the images in the book. Hemard, a prolific artist, illustrator, designer and author, is best-known for his humorously illustrated editions of serious non-fiction books. Sir Frederick Pollock [1845-1937] was one of the greatest British judges and legal scholars of his day. His treatises on contracts, jurisprudence the common law and other subjects did much to clarify and systematize English law. Several of these were standard texts that went through several editions. He is also remembered for his collaboration with F.W. Maitland on The History of English Law Before the Time of Edward I and his correspondence with Oliver Wendell Holmes, which was published posthumously as The Holmes-Pollock Letters. (Inventory #: 65726)
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