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[Grosley, Pierre-Jean]. - Les iniquités découvertes ou Recueil des Pieces, curieuses & rares qui ont paru lors du procès de Damiens.

A Londres (= Paris) : [s.n.], 1760. Contemporary mottled calf binding. [4],192 pp. Small 8vo. Gilt decorated spine with red morocco letterpiece. Lacks first free endpaper; erased (old) owner's entry on title; partly with vague narrow waterstain in lower blank margin. Corners (slightly) worn; top of spine small damage. Bottom of spine bit wormholed on upper joint. Else nice copy. Mailorder only - Alleen verzending mogelijk. Book condition : very good. - Rare convolute of 5 works, the first 3 written by Grosley, on the trial of Damiens (1757). Robert-François Damiens (1715-1757) was a French domestic servant whose attempted assassination of King Louis XV of France in 1757 culminated in his notorious and controversial public execution. He was the last person to be executed in France by drawing and quartering, the traditional and gruesome form of death penalty reserved for regicides. The philosopher Cesare Beccaria explicitly cited Damiens' fate when he condemned torture and the death penalty in his classic treatise On Crimes and Punishments (1764). Ce recueil contient 5 pièces: les trois premières sont du célèbre Pierre-Jean Grosley. On lit à la fin du volume que la grand chambre condamna au feu, sur la fin de mars, ces trois écrits, comme contenant des faits calomnieux, faux dans leur substance, etc. et composés dans le dessein criminel d'altérer la juste confiance due à la magistrature. Barbier II, 921.
EUR 180.00 [Appr.: US$ 191.12 | £UK 154 | JP¥ 29497] Book number #252676

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