Toulouse: Aux Depens Du Caranove, Pres Les Augustins, 1756. Small Quarto. Item #025078
Nouvelle ed. French Language. Two volume set. Vol. 1: 596 pages. Vol. 2: 606 pages. The earlier editions of these arrests included not only serious capital crimes but the executions of heretics by burning at the stake. In 1733 Catellan received a papal bull which allowed him to administer justice though the extirpation of Protestants who had been suspended in 1669. (There continued to be secret meetings of Protestant congregations even after the Revocation of the Edict of Danes in 1685). While the wealthy business class that adopted the Protestant faith had fled France to enhance the economy of the Dutch, the economic ministers of Louis XIV and his successors came to depend upon increased taxation. Toulouse which along with Paris, was the earliest of these Parliaments, had to find those who could pay the tax and arrest those who clearly were defrauding the King. Here is a picture of the way the law was administered just a generation before the French Revolution. Many of these books were destroyed as emblems of the Ancient Regime, accounting for their rarity. Both volumes bound in a mottled calf, raised bands with compartments fully gilt decorated, red speckled edges, contemporary owner's name to title pages, small older repair to head of one volume, text clean and bright. A very nice, handsome set.