[PETIT DE VIEVIGNE, Jacques]. Code de la Martinique. Saint-Pierre, de l’Imprimerie de Pierre Richard, 1767. Bound with : Supplément au code de la Martinique. Saint-Pierre, Pierre Richard, 1772. 2 parts in 1 volume folio [313 x 197 mm], (4) pp., XX, 552, viii, 152. Preserved in its original blue paperboards, edges red. Some traces of use on the binding. Very rare first edition of this Martinican “incunable”. Sabin, 61263 ; Barbier, Dictionnaire des ouvrages anonymes, 623 ; L’Imprimerie hors l’Europe, p. 143 ; Dampierre, p. 198 ; Leclerc, Bibliotheca Americana, 1436.
Official compendium of the utmost importance for the history of Martinique and for the history of law. The present code was written by Jacques Petit de Viévigne. It is divided into 8 parts: the laws of general administration, of the Church, of the army, of the finances, of trade, of the navy, of the justice and of the police.
The supplement published in 1772 is also very rare.
The Code de la Martinique is the oldest known printing made in this island.
An interesting copy preserved in its original blue marbled paperboards, without any restoration. Issued in a limited number of copies, far away from Metropolitan France, in a difficult climate for books preservation, this volume has come down to us in its pure original condition.
Provenance: stamp of the Bibliothèque du Château de Saint-Marcel (B. du R.) on the title.