CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN THE FRENCH ARMY

Compte général de l’administration de la justice militaire pour l’année 1843.

Paris, Imprimerie Royale, Mai 1846.

Folio, pp. 42; with tables of statistics, woodcut device to title; light offsetting to inner margins of pp. 22-23 from blue silk bookmark; a very good, crisp copy in contemporary gilt- and blind-stamped red morocco attributed in a pencil note to Thouvenin, gilt-lettered spine, gilt edges, patterned cream endpapers; faint abrasion to lower cover.

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A handsome copy, perhaps bound for presentation, of this statistical report on military justice in the French army in 1843, dedicated to king Louis-Philippe by Alexandre Moline de Saint-Yon (1786–1870), a veteran of Waterloo who served as France’s Minister of War between 1845 and 1847. The first such Compte appeared in the early 1830s soon after Louis-Philippe’s accession, becoming an annual series thereafter.

Out of an army of 334,091 men, the report notes that 3488 were prosecuted for crimes including desertion, insubordination, theft, selling army equipment, murder, and rape. While ninety men were condemned to death, the majority of the offenders were imprisoned, other punishments including forced labour and the ball and chain. Among a wealth of statistical data, the malefactors are analysed according to how they joined the army, their rank, length of service, and by the branch of the army to which they belonged. Consideration is also given to the cost of criminal trials.

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