Lot 399: COPIE DES PIECES... [Trial of Babeuf] 2 Vols.
December 1, 2016
Falls Church, VA, USALive Auction
Description: [France] Haute Cour De Justice. COPIE DES PIECES Saisies dans le local que Baboeuf occupoit lors de son arrestation. 2 Vols. Vol IIs title: SUITE DE LA COIPIE DES PIECES A Paris, De LImprimerie Nationale. [Vol 1] Frimaire, an. V; [Vol 2] Nivose, an V. [3rd and 4th month of French Republican calendar. Vol I: Nov. 21 - Dec. 20, 1796. Vol II: Dec. 21, 1796 to Jan. 19, 1797.]With the bookplate of Emperor Maximilian of Mexico (who was in power 1864-1867). Vol I: 334 pp. Vol II: 334 pp. For several months beginning in March 1791, Francois-Noel Baboeuf (also "Babeuf") held offices within the Revolutionary French government (a commissioner of national property and a member of the council-general of Somme). At Somme, he was accused of altering a name on a deed for government land, and fled to Paris. Meanwhile, he was sentenced in absentia to 20 years in prison. On Sep. 3, 1794, he began publishing Journal De La Liberte De La Presse, retitled Le Tribun Du Peuple beginning with its Oct. 5 issue. He used the newspaper as an outlet for his opposition to private property and his desire to use politics to achieve equality of outcome. In February 1795 at least one issue of Le Tribune Du Peuple fell victim to a book burning. Issue 40 defended the perpetrators of the September Massacre (several years earlier, in 1792). The Bureau Centrales spies had repeatedly implicated Baboeuf in various crimes involving advocacy of violence against the government. Baboeuf was arrested on May 10, 1796, the day before socialists were allegedly planning to begin a rebellion. The trial began Feb. 20. Baboeuf was sentenced May 20, and decapitated the next day. 8vo. Blue 1/4 leather and marbled board, marbled eps. Bound for Mexican book collector J. M. Andrade, whose small bookplate appears at the upper left corner of both front pastedowns (with motto Inter Folia Fructus). Andrade sold his collection to Emperor Maximilian for the new Royal Library. Maximilians armorial bookplate appears at the center of Vol Is front pastedown. Very good. 1.8 Lb.