Codice di Napoleone il Grande per il Regno d’Italia. Edizione originale e la sola ufficiale.

Autore: LUOSI, Giuseppe editor (1755-1830)

Tipografo: Stamperia Reale

Dati tipografici: Milano, 1806

Formato: in quarto

Large 4to (295x225 mm). XXXVI, 633, [1] pp. Text in Italian, French and Latin printe in two columns. Contempary blue wrappers with lettered piece on spine (minimal restoration to the back and panels' edges). An exceptional, uncut copy.

OFFICIAL EDITION of the Italian version, edited by Giuseppe Luosi, of the Code de Napoléon, the new French Civil Code, promulgated on March 21, 1804. The code was reprinted, also in smaller format, in all major Italian cities.
The works on the new codex, begun during the French Revolution, were completed by Napoleon. As a metter of fact, it asserted the end of the common law and laid the foundation of modern law in France and Italy. In the following years were also issued the Code of Civil Procedure (1806), the Commercial Code (1807), the Code of Criminal Procedure (1808), and the Penal Code (1810).

Between 1804 and 1809 the new Civil Code entered into effect in almost all regions of the Italian peninsula. It was an event of extraordinary importance, that put an end to all local laws, statutes and customs that since the Middleages had characterized the life of the country. The Code of Napoleon the Great then formed the basis for the Civil Code compiled after the unification of Italy in 1861.

Promoter of the translation into Italian and Latin of the Code and responsible for its introduction in the Italian Kingdom was Giuseppe Luosi, from 1805 Great Judge and Minister of Justice. Begun in 1806, the Italian version was presented to Napoleon, who was in Munich, by a delegation headed by Luosi. The new code officially came into force in the Kingdom of Italy on April 1, 1806.