Laughing at Law Codes: A French Tradition -- The Napoleonic Code in Verse
Code Napoléon mis en vers Francais
/ par B.-M. Decomberousse; orné de plus de 60 bois originaux de Pierre
Noël; preface de Maurice Garçon (Paris: Editions d'Art de
l'Intermediaire du Bibliophile, 1932-1933). Acquired with the Gary
and Brian Bookman Literature and Arts Fund. The versified text of the
French Code Civil (or Code Napoleon) was first published in 1811. The
illustrations in this edition are by Louis Vergniaud Pierre- Noël, a
Haitian artist and postage stamp designer who was married to Lois Mailou
Jones, an important artist in the Harlem Renaissance.
"Laughing at Law Codes: A French Tradition," curated by Mike Widener, is on display through Dec. 20, 2012, in Level L2, Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School.