The Lamoignon Library
On the upper right corner of this page is a stamp mark consisting of a large “L” topped with a crown and surrounded by an oval border. It is the stamp of the Lamoignon Library, a famous private collection that remained in the possession of an illustrious French family of statesmen, jurists, and scholars, for more than a century. The library was founded by Guillaume I de Lamoignon (1617-1677), first president of the Parlement de Paris at the time of Louis XIV. Chrétien François de Lamoignon de Bâville (1735-1789), who was also president of the Parlement, was the son-in-law of the French politician and bibliophile, Nicolas René Berryer, whose extraordinary library was added to the Lamoignon collection after his death in 1762. Undoubtedly, the best-known member of the Lamoignon family was Guillaume-Chrétien de Lamoignon de Malesherbes (1721-1794), who at the age of 72 came back from retirement to defend the king, Louis XVI, in his trial before the National Convention. For his devotion to the crown, Malesherbes paid with his death on the guillotine.