Publisher: (Paris: De L'Imprimerie Royale, 1791).
Bibliographical References: OCLC records four copies, Newberry Library, NYPL and two in Europe.
Condition: Creases from old folds; a little soiled; very good copy.
Book ID: 27963
DescriptionBifolium, 25 x 19.5 cm, 4 pages. Large engraved floral headpiece with "No. 250" printed next to it. Seal of Louis XVI stamped in red ink above the imprint on page four.
CommentsThe official publication of a law issued by the newly established National Constituent Assembly that commended and awarded pensions to those, mainly commoners, who sacrificed their lives or were wounded in the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, one of the seminal events in Western history that marked the beginning of the French Revolution and the end of the Ancien Régime. The awards of pensions are separated into categories, e.g.: the wounded, crippled, widows, etc. One of the categories is devoted to the heroism of a woman, Marie Charpentier "who distinguished herself . . . fighting with men and showing great courage." A document celebrating those responsible for the storming of the Bastille seems odd with the bold red ink stamp of Louis XVI, but he was still nominally monarch during this period. A few contemporary marginal ink notations, suggesting official usage.